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Italy boss Lippi backs AC Milan star Pirlo to pack his bags for Chelsea

11 Jun 2009 09:59:26

Italy boss Lippi backs AC Milan star Pirlo to pack his bags for Chelsea

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.


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