At last a bit of good news on the transfer front. Chelsea have failed in their bid to bring an aging Italian midfielder to Stamford Bridge! I can understand Carlo Ancelotti wanting a familiar face in the dressing room, but the arrival of another non-English speaking player into a settled team would probably have caused more probems than solutions. The present midfield is more than good enough (and experienced in the Premiership) to handle whatever gets thrown at them, so i could never see the point of pursuing the overpriced Pirlo in the first place.
Pirlo was also happy that he would be staying at Milan. “Today is a very good day,” he said.
“I am very happy to be able to finish my career here. This is thanks to the president, Silvio Berlusconi, to Adriano Galliani and to Leonardo, who, by taking me off the market, have given me the possibility to end my career here.
“When they told me the news I was very happy, finally the saga of this summer is over and we can continue the adventure in Rossonero. I had the possibility of changing teams and adventure but at the end in mutual agreement, the club and I, decided to continue and we are all happier. It was a turbulent summer with many doubts but at the end, in my family, we are all happier to remain in Milan.”
Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian Prime Minister, called a special press conference to announce the decision. He said: “Andrea Pirlo has been taken off the market. He will stay with us and finish his career at Milan,”
“We received some important offers for him, especially from Carlo Ancelotti who wanted to take Pirlo to Chelsea with him. But we decided that he will stay. Leonardo told us that Pirlo is too important for our team. So we decided he will end his career here at Milan.”
So Leonardo is happy, Pirlo is happy, I’m happy, and probably the rest of the Chelsea midfielders are happy too!