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Ancelotti: I wouldn't have let Pirlo go

February 24, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti insists that he would never have let Andrea Pirlo join Juventus from AC Milan ahead of the top of the table clash in Serie A this weekend.

Andrea Pirlo
GettyImagesAndrea Pirlo has been as effective as ever since making the move to Turin

Pirlo has been a vital player in Juve's unbeaten start to the season and the Old Lady will be five points clear if they beat Milan and win their game in hand. The 32-year-old joined on a free transfer this summer, but former Rossoneri coach Ancelotti would not have let him go.

"I would never have let him go," Ancelotti told Mediaset Premium. "Or at most, I would have let him join Chelsea or PSG, where he could play under me.

"Perhaps Pirlo wanted a better contract and Milan did not want to give it to him. So maybe he joined Juventus to get that."

Ancelotti, 52, coached both clubs before moving to his current job in France and revealed how pleased he was to shed the 'loser' tag he had been given in Turin.

"From my years at Juventus, I remember a lot of things. For starters I remember [Zinedine] Zidane, who was absolutely the best player I have ever coached," Ancelotti said.

"My regret, if I could put it this way, was that he rarely showed in matches the monstrous things he did in training.

"The thing I am most proud of was the invention of the formation which looks like a Christmas tree: I had so many good midfielders and that was key to make them all play together, while giving the team a unique balance.

"My most important day was the 2002-03 Champions League final [for AC Milan] against Juventus at Old Trafford. It allowed me to remove the 'loser' label that the two years at Juve had given me."