Andrea Pirlo says Chelsea managerial target Antonio Conte is not a man that condones interference in his transfer policy or team selection.
The 46-year-old, who is poised to become the next permanent boss at Stamford Bridge, won three consecutive Serie A trophies with the Old Lady before taking the Italy job, and Pirlo says if Conte becomes the next Chelsea manager, it'll be on the Italian’s terms.
Pirlo told the Daily Mirror: “I love the man, I have nothing but respect and admiration for him. I know if he takes a job, any job, it will have to be on his terms.
“The players he wants to sign, those he wants to get rid of, the style he wants to play.
“If you sign him as your coach and then as the owner you want to start making decisions, he is not the coach for you.
“If you let him get on with things and do his methods, then you will have a team that plays attractive football and will, without doubt, be successful.”
The New York City FC midfielder also said Conte is a beast with two wives.
“There is a beast in him," the 36-year-old said. "I have been in his dressing room at half-time when we have been winning, but he comes in and will be throwing full bottles of water around because of a mistake we made or because he feels we should be further ahead.
“His life is football. I know he is up until 3-4am in the morning, studying videos, looking at errors, studying the opposition of the next game. It is a good job Elisabetta is such an understanding wife, and if he takes the Chelsea job then she will have plenty of time to enjoy London, because he has two wives – Elisabetta and football.
“I even know he will turn on the bedroom lights in the middle of the night because he has thought of something he needs to write down – you will not find a more understanding woman than her.”