Wednesday August 20 2014
Conte wants 'part-time' Pirlo

Antonio Conte will give Andrea Pirlo a ‘part-time role’ in his Italy set-up, according to reports this morning.

Gazzetta dello Sport believe that the new Coach will speak with the Juventus midfielder within the next few days to outline his vision for the Azzurri – and where the veteran fits into that.

The paper claims that the tactician wants Pirlo to be involved with the national team, but only when absolutely necessary.

That means that the Bianconeri man won’t play in friendlies or meaningless qualifying matches. Only in absolutely essential games and tournament matches will the 35-year-old be considered for selection.

Conte meanwhile, also has clear ideas about who else will be lynchpins in his side. Daniele De Rossi is thought to be key for the new Coach, whilst Marco Verratti will be one of the first names on the team-sheet.

The same however, can’t be said for Mario Balotelli. The pink paper writes that the 45-year-old will give the Milan striker his chance, but a series of bad performances or off-field misdemeanours will result in exclusion from the group.