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 Â£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,Â made 26 league appearances to help AC Milan finish third in SerieÂ 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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