Matri eyes AC Milan return for Pirlo

The Italian admits he would love his former team-mate to return to the Rossoneri in future, while Georgio Chiellini has urged caution ahead of the sides' clash
AC Milan striker Alessandro Matri admits he would love to see Andrea Pirlo return to the club should he choose to leave Juventus.

The veteran playmaker's current deal with the Serie A champions expires at the end of the season, and the club have already confirmed they will not hold talks until the early part of next year.

With speculation over his future in Turin continuing, Matri has claimed he would relish the chance to be reunited with the 34-year-old at San Siro, after he moved from Juventus during the summer.

"It would be great to see Andrea here with us," he told Tuttosport, before adding on the meeting between the sides this weekend: "I have no desire for revenge, only the desire to do well with Milan."

Juventus were held to a 2-2 draw with Galatasaray to leave their chances of reaching the Champions League knock-out rounds in doubt, but defender Giorgio Chiellini has played down talk of the result being a "disaster".

"People often go from one extreme to another," he told reporters at a sponsor event. "We were irrepressible, then in crisis, then unstoppable again.

"Too often the verdict is linked to the result. If we had beaten Galatasaray 2-1 people would have spoken about a 'Super Juve', if we had drawn 1-1 it would have been 'Juve show great heart' and instead, at 2-2, it's now all about a 'Juve disaster'. I think balance is required in every case.

"We certainly need to improve and work hard, but I think our run so far has been more than decent. Now we've got an important test against Milan ahead of us and it will enable us to work out the team’s current condition.

"They’re an excellent side and the collective without [Mario] Balotelli will give their all. We witnessed this two years ago when we faced them without [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic. When these stars are missing the others often step up to the plate.

"They’ve certainly got a squad capable of challenging for the Scudetto and Champions League places. Let’s not forget they also started slowly last year. Then after Balotelli’s arrival in January they started dreaming of a revival that was only foiled by our fantastic run of form in spring."

Chiellini alo discussed the form of former team-mate Matri, insisting the striker does not get the credit he deserves for us all-round performances despite having failed to score for Milan this season.

"Unfortunately he’s still yet to get off the mark and we hope he doesn’t score his first against us, but his work goes beyond finishing and isn’t always given the credit it deserves," he added.