Published On: Wed, May 1st, 2013

Italian superstar had agreed Chelsea move

Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo has revealed that he was very close to signing for Premier League side Chelsea, reports Goal.com.

In his autobiography, the 33-year-old admitted that he could have signed for either Real Madrid, Barcelona or Chelsea, had it not been for the intervention of AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi.

Options

Pirlo ended a decade-long spell at the Milan club back in 2011 and was greeted with copious amounts of options prior to signing with Serie A champions Juventus.

Current European champions Chelsea were amongst the most interested parties and were on the verge of securing the player’s services before an intervention from the AC Milan president.

He explained in the book: “I had already reached an agreement with Chelsea, then after Berlusconi intervened and I stayed at Milan. I was also very close with Capello at Real Madrid and nearly joined them in 2006.

“Guardiola then convinced me to join Barcelona in 2011, but Berlusconi stepped in again.”

Elation

The Italy international added his elation at signing for the Old Lady after leaving the Rossoneri in the search of a new challenge.

“Surely it was the best decision of my career to sign for Juventus. Do I regret leaving Milan? I decided I needed a change. I needed to find new ideas and that was the best thing for both parties.”

The Lombary-born playmaker is on the verge of receiving his second Serie A winner’s medal in successive seasons at the Turin club, which could come as early as this weekend, should they pick up at least a point at home to relegation threatened Palermo.

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