Andrea Pirlo has revealed that head coach Massimiliano Allegri's preference for Mark van Bommel and Massimo Ambrosini was one of the main reasons for him to leave AC Milan for Juventus in the summer of 2011.
The Italy international opted not to renew his expiring contract with the Rossoneri last season and eventually left them for Juventus, where he has immediately won the Serie A title in his first year.
"Allegri wanted to play Van Bommel or Ambrosini in front of the defence. I would have to change position, but I was not interested in doing that, so I joined Juventus instead," Pirlo stated to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The 32-year-old then went on discuss Antonio Conte, and had nothing but praise for the successful Juventus coach.
"He’s a great coach. I’ve had many coaches over the years, but no one is as meticulous in his work and as good at explaining things as him.
"From a tactical and instructive point of view he’s even better than [Carlo] Ancelotti and [Marcello] Lippi in my opinion."
Juventus are currently preparing for their last Serie A match of the season against Atalanta, before they lock horns with Napoli in the Coppa Italia final on May 20.