Allegri: ‘Why I turned down Real Madrid’

Massimiliano Allegri insists the only club he turned down was Real Madrid three years ago. ‘I had promised Juventus that I would remain.’

The coach broke his silence almost two years after he was dismissed by the Bianconeri, despite winning five Serie A titles in five years and reaching two Champions League Finals.

He was asked about his future, but also whether he had rejected many offers from big clubs in recent months.

“When Real Madrid called me three years ago, I had promised to Juventus that I would remain. That’s the only one I turned down,” Allegri told Sky Sport Italia.

He would go on to be fired by Juve a year later, with a year still left to run on his contract.

That has now expired and Allegri is a free agent.

The coach was asked if he would potentially return to the Allianz Juventus Stadium in future.

“It’s impossible to tell, besides, Andrea Pirlo is there now and in my view he’s doing well.

“I don’t know what Juve are missing. They are in the Coppa Italia Final, won the Supercoppa, are fighting for the top four. The Champions League is a bit of a lottery, it can turn on a sixpence”.

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