ANCELOTTI ENCOURAGES PIRLO
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The brilliant striker was signed from local rivals Internazionale for £10 million but once more has found his options limited.
Touted as one of the hottest talents in Italian football, the young marksman has been kicking his heels once more under Ancelotti - but the coach has a word of encouragement for his young charge.
"Pirlo remains a very important part of the quad here," insisted Ancelotti.
"He knows that he is a player who knows that he must stay ready to step in at any given moment we need him."
Meanwhile, the Corriere Dello Sport's assertion that Andrei Shevchenko desires a move to Real Madrid has earned the wrath of the club.
The story produced such fury from the Rossoneri that no representative of the second biggest Italian sports paper will be allowed into the Giuseppe Meazza, and no official of the club will speak to them.
Shevchenko is without question one of the greatest strikers in the world, and the Ukrainian is idolised by the club's tifosi.
However, the lure of Real is great, and it is impossible to discount the club that audaciously signed both Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo from clubs that did not want to sell.