Former Italy great Andrea Pirlo considering career in coaching

Andrea Pirlo says he may pursue a career in coaching after discussing the role with Carlo Ancelotti and playing for Antonio Conte.

The former Italy midfielder says he will soon study for his coaching badge and he could envisage working with his former coach at AC Milan, saying that seeing many of his former teammates move into coaching could spur him into a new career.

"I've spoken about [coaching] with Carlo. I saw him recently and we're always in contact, and we even spoke about the possibility of working together," Pirlo told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "But I'm still young and I still have time to think about it.

"All my ex-teammates didn't want to become coaches, yet they've all done it. I'm not thinking about it right now. I'll start to do the course because having my coaching badge could be useful.

"Playing under Conte has given me a bit of desire to become coach."

Pirlo ended his playing career last November at the age of 38, after two seasons in MLS.

He previously won six Serie A titles with Milan and Juventus. He also lifted the Champions League twice with the Rossoneri. He did not, however, win the Ballon d'Or -- but said he doesn't have any regrets about it.

"I never thought that [the Ballon d'Or] was such a big deal for a footballer," he said. "There were other champions at the time and I was happy enough winning with my team. The Ballon d'Or has never been something that I've missed.

"I was lucky enough to play for the top three Italian clubs during the golden era of Italian football, so I have no regrets. It couldn't have gone any better, and at the time, I never even had any desire to go and play abroad."

Pirlo could have won three Champions League titles had Milan not relinquished a three-goal lead in the 2005 final -- a game he admits he still struggles to come to terms with.

Milan were leading Liverpool 3-0 at half-time in Istanbul but lost on penalties after the Reds mounted a second-half recovery.

"After all these years, the disappointment's still there, but I've stopped playing now so there's no going back," he said.

"It was the best first half we played in the Ancelotti era, then we still don't know what happened. I even thought about quitting, but fortunately I continued and we got our revenge."