Juventus issue hand-off warning to Chelsea over Max Allegri
Chelsea have been widely inked with a summer swoop for Massimiliano Allegri, but Juventus director Beppe Marotta has made it clear that the former Milan manager would manage his side next season.
Guus Hiddink has steadied the ship since he took over from Jose Mourinho in mid-December, going unbeaten in 10 consecutive games. However, he has failed to recreate the magic that landed Chelsea their fifth Premier League title last May and his tenure will finish at the end of the season.
Since the turn of the decade, the Italian manager has won five trophies, including two Serie A titles, and has also led Juventus to a Champions League final last season. In addition, the Bianconeri currently sit second, two points behind leaders Napoli and play Bayern Munich in the knock-out stages of the elite European club competition in the forthcoming weeks.
Roman Abramovich believes the Juventus manager could help his club overcome the crisis and establish themselves as title contenders next season. However, the Juventus director popped the bubble recently as he stated that his manager would continue to feature in the Juventus dugout next season.
“We have a great rapport with Massimiliano Allegri,” said the Juventus director. “Now the crucial moment of the season is coming up, so we should focus on that.
“In any case, contracts are not as important as the rapport between people. With Allegri, the conditions are all there to continue. The team is doing well and improving a great deal.”
The Blues may have to settle for names inferior to Jose Mourinho or Carlo Ancelotti having appointed – and sacked – the likes already. Chelsea are rumoured to be considering Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli in the wake of his Copa America winning run with Chile last year whilst the name of Manuel Pellegrini is also being murmured.
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