Lippi: Pirlo move would be no problem

11 June 2009 08:31
AC Milan midfielder 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." He added: "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.

Source: Eurosport