Antonio Conte admits seeing his former player Andrea Pirlo named Juventus boss makes him ‘feel old’ as Inter Milan manager gets his players ready for Europa League quarter-final against Bayer Leverkusen
- Antonio Conte admitted that seeing Andrea Pirlo as a boss has made him feel old
- Juve boss Pirlo was the key figure in Conte’s Juventus side for three seasons
- The pair then worked together when Conte took the Italy job for two years
- Pirlo was named as the Juventus manager on Saturday after Maurizio Sarri left
Antonio Conte has admitted that seeing Andrea Pirlo named as the new Juventus boss is making him ‘feel old’.
Pirlo was the key figure in Conte’s Juventus side, who started the run of nine consecutive Serie A titles with three in a row back in 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14.
They then worked together when Conte took the Italy job for two years and now the Inter Milan boss is finding it odd that they will now be rivals.
Antonio Conte, who was seen running in training ahead of Inter Milan’s Europa League game, has admitted that seeing Andrea Pirlo named as the new Juventus boss is making him ‘feel old’
‘I am certainly very happy for Andrea, because on top of everything he gave me in a football sense, he is an exceptional person and I have immense affection for him,’ said Conte in his press conference.
‘Having said that, seeing players who I used to train are now becoming coaches is starting to make me feel old!’
Pirlo was named as the Juventus manager on Saturday night but only after president Andrea Agnelli decided he could not afford first choices Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane.
Former Tottenham boss Pochettino reportedly wanted around £8million (€9m) a year to take the reins in Turin, while Real Madrid head coach Zidane would have asked for even more, at around £10.8m (€12m).
As well as economic reasons, particularly given sacked coach Maurizio Sarri’s £21m pay-off, Pirlo has a similar on-field mentality to previous successful Juventus managers Conte and Massimiliano Allegri, which has worked in his favour with Agnelli.
From Inter’s perspective, Conte has been coaching his players ahead of their Europa League quarter-final against Bayer Leverkusen on Monday night.
Pirlo played in Conte’s Juventus side, who started the run of nine consecutive Serie A titles
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