Italy boss Lippi backs AC Milan star Pirlo to pack his bags for Chelsea
11 June 2009 09:59
AC Milan's Andrea Pirlo has received Italy coach Marcello Lippi's blessing to move to Chelsea this summer.
The World Cup-winning midfielder has been strongly linked with a £20million move to Stamford Bridge, where he would join his former coach Carlo Ancelotti in London.
When asked if a move to Chelsea would jeopardise Pirlo's place in Italy's squad, Lippi said: 'It wouldn't be a problem, regardless of where he plays. A flight from London to Rome is like a flight from Milan to Rome.'
Pirlo, who is under contract at the San Siro until June 2011, made 26 league appearances to help AC Milan finish third in Serie A this season.
The 30-year-old is in South Africa training with the Italian national team in preparation for the Confederations Cup.