Allegri turned down Man Utd job offer

Carlo Garganese
Carlo Garganese Updated: 6 Jun 2021 15:09 BST 3 min read
Max Allegri and Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus

Max Allegri and Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus

Juventus coach Max Allegri rejected offers from a host of big clubs, including Manchester United, Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid.

That is according to Giovanni Galeone, who Allegri considers as his managerial mentor having worked under the 80-year-old as a player for Pescara in the 1990s.

Allegri recently returned as boss of Juventus after two years out of the game but he was never short of top-level offers.

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Indeed, Allegri had been the favourite to replace Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid coach before agreeing to return to Juve.

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And Madrid are not the only superclub who have tried to entice the 53-year-old.

"The last year that he was at Juventus, Allegri said no to five big offers. Chelsea tried twice in the space of 15 days and he always rejected every proposal,” Galeone revealed.

"Then Real Madrid contacted him more than once, while Arsenal, PSG and Manchester United also tried. This was all in the space of a year, but he always said no.

"I do think that if Juve hadn’t called, he would be in Madrid now, even though he wasn’t entirely convinced by the organisation there. Nobody is, really."

Allegri's first spell at Juventus

Allegri enjoyed incredible success during his first spell as Juventus coach between 2014 and 2019.

He led the club to five straight Scudetti – including four domestic doubles – and also reached two Champions League finals, losing to Barcelona in Berlin in 2015 and Real Madrid in Cardiff in 2017.

Now Juventus fans hope he can emulate this success during his second spell after a miserable 2020-21 campaign under Andrea Pirlo.

Juve sneaked into the Champions League on the final day in fourth place as rivals Inter stormed to a first Serie A title in 11 years.

"If he’d returned last year, I don’t think I would’ve agreed to it, but now I am truly happy on his behalf, because the club realised it made a mistake by sacking him,” Galeone concluded.

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