Andrea Pirlo announces retirement, speaks on 'joining Conte at Chelsea'

Legendary Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo at the end of the year will finish his career as a professional footballer

The New York City FC midfielder, who is quitting playing at the end of the current season, worked under the current Chelsea boss while at Juventus and on global duty with Italy.

In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, he said: "You realise yourself that the time has come". At my age, it's fine to say enough is enough. It's not as though you can go on until you're 50. "I'll do something else", he said.

"I will return to Italy in December, I'm going to give myself some time to decide what to do next", he intimated. "Not necessarily if you are a good player can automatically become a good coach as well".

"It's just right to give young players room". You must have the will and prove your identity. That spark within you needs to ignite, and it's not ignited within me yet.

"There's not one right and one wrong way". It depends on the opportunities you are given.

Costa Rica is the fifth time I qualified for the world Cup
That result leaves Honduras trailing fourth-placed Panama on goal difference ahead of their home match against Mexico on Tuesday. Honduras, however, took the lead after 66 minutes when Eddie Hernandez powered home a header from nine yards out.

"It's hard to build a new team, it takes time and faith and you know results won't arrive straight away".

"I repeat: for now I do not have that intention". He played crucial role in AC Milan's domination of football in early 2000s and went onto win a host of domestic as well as continental trophies during his 10 year stay at Rossoneri. "To keep fit I will play golf and tennis".

But Germany 2006 champion Pirlo, who on Sunday announced his impending retirement from a decorated 22-year playing career, is confident results will soon improve.

Pirlo's $5.9 million contract ranks fourth highest in MLS.

The 38-year-old enjoyed some of his best years under Conte at Serie A giants Juventus, where the pair enjoyed lots of success.

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