Alessandro Nesta has revealed he is open to the idea of returning to AC Milan as coach after announcing his decision to retire from the game.
The Montreal Impact defender hung up his boots after his side's final game of the season on Saturday - a 1-0 defeat to Toronto FC - and then stated his desire to renew his love affair with the club he spent 10 years with as a player.
Nesta told Gazzetta dello Sport: "I'll try to become a coach. First, though, I have to prepare. I did two courses, I need to do the third which lasts one year. My family will remain in Miami, because I would not detach myself from the United States.
"Then we'll see what happens. I would like to coach at a high level. But I may have to start from the youth sector. Who knows, maybe at Milan, but I don't rule to remain in the United States. Why a coach? Because I did football as a child and it would be difficult to break away from this world. It's the closest thing to playing."
The 37-year-old played for the San Siro club between 2002 and 2012 having spent the previous nine years with Lazio and went on to carve out a reputation as one of the finest defenders in the modern era.
He lifted the 2006 World Cup with Italy and could well be a candidate to replace Massimiliano Allegri at Milan as pressure continues to build on the Italian coach following a dismal start to the Serie A campaign.