Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he tried to sign Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo during his reign at Stamford Bridge, reports Twentyfour7 Football.
The now Real Madrid boss worked with Pirlo at AC Milan for eight years, where the duo won two Champions League titles and the Serie A title during their time together at the San Siro.
Ancelotti, who was at Chelsea for two years between 2009 and 2011, has admitted he was keen on bringing the Italian maestro to England as he would have brought 'guaranteed quality' to his side.
The Italian tactician, speaking ahead of Real Madrid's Champions League clash against Pirlo's Juventus, said: “Juve are a solid team with a well-drilled style of play. With Pirlo you are always guaranteed quality and that will continue.
“I wanted him at Chelsea, but it was not possible.”
Pirlo has been linked with a summer move to Premier League quartet Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham, as the 34-year-old is available on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Ancelotti is also said to be keen on bringing Pirlo to the Santiago Bernabeu.