Former Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo confirmed his intention to retire from football last week, bringing to an end a glittering 22-year career.
Pirlo will bow out at the age of 38 in December, when his contract with New York City FC expires.
The Italian won six Serie A titles, two Champions League trophies and the World Cup during his time as a footballer, and played for some of the world's biggest teams in Inter and AC Milan, as well as Juventus.
However, he hasn't lit up the MLS as expected when he made the move there from Juventus in 2015.
He has scored just once in 60 appearances for New York City, and has only featured in 15 of their 32 league games so far this season.
After announcing the end to his playing career, the focus has moved onto his intentions after hanging up his boots, with a coaching role possibly in the works.
And in an interview with Gazetto dello Sport, Pirlo refused to deny a potential reunion with former Italy and Juve boss Antonio Conte at Chelsea.
Speculation had been growing that this might be the case, and the 38-year-old was coy on a move to Stamford Bridge.
"My future, I don't know yet. I will return to Italy in December," he said.
"An assistant to Conte? People are saying that. I have my ideas but I need time to decide."
Clearly with his experience, if the Italian was to link up with Conte in West London it could only benefit the Premier League champions.
Chelsea fans will no doubt be very hopeful that they'll be seeing the legendary midfielder on the bench at Stamford Bridge in the New Year.
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