Juventus manager Max Allegri rejected offers from Real Madrid and Chelseaby Jack Kitson / 13 June 2018, 16:46Tweet
Juventus manager Max Allegri has revealed that he received job offers from both Real Madrid and Chelsea, but chose to remain in charge of The Old Lady.
The in-demand Italian told Sky Italia (via Football Italia):
“Real Madrid and Chelsea? Let's say I said yes to Juventus. I spoke with the president and it was right for me to stay at Juventus. It was a decision I had already made.
“I spoke to the Florentino Perez (Real Madrid President) once, and I said that out of respect for Andrea Agnelli (Juventus President), to whom I’d given my word, and Juventus that I’d be staying at Juventus.
“It was a decision I’d already taken, and even if other things can happen in life I’d say that I made the decision to stay at Juventus and respected what I’d said, without considering other options.
“I have to thank the Real Madrid President though, for giving me the chance to go there.”
Zinedine Zidane left Real Madrid two weeks ago after leading the club to Champions League glory for the third successive season.
A host of high-profile names were then linked with the Spanish giants, including Allegri, Mauricio Pochettino, Arsene Wenger, and Antonio Conte, while youth team coach Guti was also a dominant presence in the betting market.
However, in the end Los Blancos revealed that it was in fact Julen Lopetegui who would come in as their new manager after the conclusion of the World Cup. Although Tuesday’s surprise announcement has since backfired on Lopetegui who was then sent packing by Spain today (Wednesday) on the eve of the 2018 World Cup.
What a nightmare.
Juventus boss Allegri was also asked if he’d received an offer from Premier League side Chelsea - who are still managed by Antonio Conte - to which he said:
“Let’s just say that the decision to stay at Juventus had already been taken, while thanking the ones who sought me out.”
Maurizio Sarri remains the odds-on favourite in the Next Chelsea Manager Market, ahead of Laurent Blanc and Slavisa Jokanovic.
Max Allegri has told Sky Italia that he had offers from Real Madrid & Chelsea but decided to stay with Juventus. pic.twitter.com/uHcZcwEA2J— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) June 13, 2018