Let the clear-out begin! Andrea Pirlo takes first session at Juventus as his squad begin pre-season training just 17 days after last campaign finished… and Aaron Ramsey and Co must prove they don’t deserve the chop from new boss
- New Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo has started his first day in the job on Monday
- The former Juve player was spotted taking photos with supporters in Turin
- Pirlo was hired to replace Maurizio Sarri, who was sacked after losing to Lyon
- The 41-year-old is already hard at work as he looks to make his mark as a boss
New Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo has started his first day in the job as the Serie A side returned for pre-season training on Monday.
The former Juve player was spotted leading his first training session with the Serie A champions at the Juventus training centre in Turin.
Pirlo was hired to replace Maurizio Sarri, who was sacked after losing to Lyon in the Champions League last-16 earlier this month.
New Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo has started his first day in the job as the Serie A side returned
The ex-Juve player took his first training session since taking over as the Old Lady’s new boss
Pirlo was pictured putting the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Giorgio Chiellini and Gianluigi Buffon through their paces – all of whom are said to have given the green light to Pirlo’s return to the club as the manager.
Former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who faces an uncertain future at the club, was seen arriving for training.
Pirlo is already hard at work as he is reportedly urging the club to bring in Italy legend Alessandro Nesta as assistant boss.
Pirlo and Nesta shared glory days together during their time at AC Milan and also with the national team, and now Pirlo is seeking to call upon his old friend once again.
Nesta is currently manager of Serie B outfit Frosinone, but is open to a move after enduring a painful defeat in the play-off final against Spezia, according to Italian daily Corriere dello Sport.
Pirlo’s arrival was given the green light by several key players, including Cristiano Ronaldo
The Portuguese star was pictured back in pre-season training ahead of the 2020-21 season
Gianluigi Buffon was back between the sticks for yet another season in his mammoth career
Giorgio Chiellini is pictured cracking a smile as Juventus returned to training on Monday
The defender is pictured smiling besides his former team-mate and new coach at training
It is reported that Pirlo already personally put a phone call in to Nesta recently, prior to the end of the season, in order to sell him the project he has in mind for Juventus going forward.
Nesta, however, was unable to give full consideration with his mind occupied by the Serie B play-off final. Now that has been determined, it is expected that a decision will be made.
Pirlo already has Roberto Baronio and Antonio Gagliardi – who are both match analysts – arriving from the national team for his Juve project.
Former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey was seen arriving at the Juventus Training Centre
New Juventus manager Pirlo signs an autograph for a supporter waiting outside the centre
Paolo Bertelli is also to be appointed as the new fitness trainer, while compensation has been settled with Hadjuk Split to take on Igor Tudor – who returns to his former club as one of Pirlo’s assistant coaches.
Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon have also made personal attempts to lure Arturo Vidal into a Juventus return this summer, according to reports.
The 33-year-old midfielder departed Turin in 2015 to join Bayern Munich, and has more recently spent two seasons with Barcelona.