Lewis Ambrose

Massimiliano Allegri confirms Real Madrid and Chelsea offers

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed he rejected offers to leave the club this summer.

Speaking to Sky Italia, the manager admitted he turned down Chelsea and Real Madrid to stay in Serie A.

“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,” Allegri said.

“I decided to stay at Juve and I respected what I said, I thank the president of Real who gave me the chance to go. Chelsea? The decision to remain at Juventus had been taken and it was right to confirm the word given to Juventus.

“I said no to Real Madrid,” Allegri confirmed, saying he already promised Juventus president Gianni Agnelli that he would be staying.

“I did it in a phone call with (Real Madrid president) Florentino Pérez because I gave my word to President Agnelli.

“I thanked Florentino for the offer and I told him that I could not accept it because of the respect I have for Juventus.”

Real Madrid were looking to react to the resignation of Zinedine Zidane and have since appointed Spain manager Julen Lopetegui on a three-year contract.


Allegri was then pressed on rumours linking him with the Chelsea job and implied he had also turned down the Blues.

“Let’s say I’d made my decision, I had already given Juve my word.”

Juventus have won Serie A in all four of Allegri’s seasons with the club.

His predecessor Antonio Conte is still in charge at Chelsea but the Blues are actively looking to replace him.