Italian maestro Andrea Pirlo has become one of the most popular footballers on the planet in recent years, largely due to his suave style of play. And unfortunately for Chelsea fans, in a recent admission to the Daily Mail, he spoke about just how close he was to moving to Stamford Bridge.
'It was August 2009 and I'd reached an agreement with Chelsea,' wrote Pirlo.
'Carlo was like a father and a teacher for me, a kind, friendly man who knew how to make things fun. I’d spent the best years of my career with him. If you’re a player who wants to get on and give everything, you won’t find anyone better than him. Carlo Ancelotti was my motivation for agreeing to head to London. But, in the meantime, Berlusconi had pulled out a second piece of paper.
'This time there were loads of names with ticks next to them, and one that had been circled. 'Stay. We’ve signed Huntelaar'. Huntelaar...
'Ancelotti and I spoke a fair bit on the phone. He wanted to bring me to London at all costs, and cost was indeed the last hurdle still to be overcome. Insurmountable, as it transpired. Milan wanted too much cash, and they were also pushing for Branislav Ivanovic to be included in the deal. Chelsea hadn’t the slightest intention of letting the defender go.'
The news of just how close Chelsea were to securing Andrea Pirlo will no doubt come as a blow to most supporters who idolise the 34-year-old despite him playing for Juventus, although it isn't the first time the tale has been told.
It would have no doubt come as an even bigger blow to Ancelotti who perhaps could have still been Chelsea manager to this day, if he had of been able to bring Pirlo over to London.
The iconic midfielder has been outstanding for Juventus in the past few years, and has in fact won the Serie A Player of the Year award in both of his full seasons at the club.
He is to many, one of the best footballers to ever play the game and an outstanding ambassador for both Juve and Italian football.
It would have been a pleasure to see him play week-in, week-out in the Premier League - but it just wasn't to be.