After the announcement that Julen Lopetegui would become Real Madrid’s new coach brought about his exit from the Spanish national team, Massimiliano Allegri of Juventus admitted that he turned down Los Blancos.
After steering the Bianconeri to four consecutive Serie A titles, the 50-year-old has attracted the interest of several of Europe’s leading clubs and it was no surprise that the Champions League winners made an approach.
“I said no to Real Madrid because I had already committed to Juventus,” Allegri told Gazzetta dello Sport. “I thanked [Real Madrid president] Florentino Perez who had called me, but I had given my word to Juventus.”
However, with the Italian tactician clearly keen to extend Juventus’ record breaking run of seven straight Scudetto, it was clear that Allegri will not be taking anything for granted next term.
“We have forgotten everything that happened last season,” stated the ex-AC Milan coach. “We start from scratch and will fight for the Scudetto and the Champions League.
“Napoli, Inter and Roma will be our rivals for the Scudetto and although the arrival of [new coach Carlo] Ancelotti at Napoli adds value, they have lost [Maurizio] Sarri.”