Nesta: I don't have a shot to play in MLS

The Italian legend says MLS teams didn't try to bring him in despite his desire to play in the United States.
MIAMI -- Alessandro Nesta wants to play in Major League Soccer. Unfortunately for the Italian defender, the interest isn't mutual.

"I don't have a shot to play in MLS," Nesta told "I tried to play [in the league] but I never received any offers."

Although Nesta is 36 years old, only two years ago he was considered one of the top center backs in the world. During his final year at AC Milan he battled injuries that limited his appearances and effectiveness. French international Philippe Mexes eventually replaced Nesta in the starting lineup.

Nesta was still strongly pursued by several teams, including Serie A champion Juventus and it comes as a bit of a shock that none of MLS's 19 teams were interested.

One reason could be that Nesta plays defense and MLS teams prefer to use their Designated Player slots on attackers. 

Last year, the Chicago Fire expressed interest in Manchester United's center back Rio Ferdinand but nothing materialized. In May, Chicago's head coach Frank Klopas said that team isn't focused on upgrading its defense this season and denied any interest in Nesta.


"We already have a DP-like player with Arne Friedrich," Klopas told "If we pursue a DP, it will likely be in the striker position."

With MLS off the table, Nesta was asked if he might finish his playing career in Europe. The two-time Champions League winner hinted that he might retire.

"The only place I want to play right now is on the beach," Nesta joked. has a new podcast! Goal Daily Podcast is a MUST for all Soccer fans and discusses the very latest news and views. What’s more when you sign up the service is FREE for the first month and you can cancel anytime.