Allegri claims he rejected Real Madrid ahead of Lopetegui's appointment

Rex Christensen
June 14, 2018

"Following Real Madrid's decision to appoint Julen Lopetegui as their new coach, Massimiliano Allegri has spoken to Sky about the club's interest in appointing him: "[Madrid president] Florentino Perez called me, I spoke with him one time".

"It was a decision I'd already taken, and even if other things can happen in life I'd say that I made the decision to stay at Juventus and respected what I'd said, without considering other options".

"Let's just say that I had made up my mind and already given my word to Juventus", Allegri said when asked whether he had received other offers.

Allegri, who has also attracted interest from Chelsea, explained the reasons behind his decision: "I'm staying [at Juventus] because it is a project which is renewed every year and every season is more competitive than the last".

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"I have to thank the Real Madrid president, though, for giving me the chance to go there". "I simply informed this to all of those who came looking for me. Juve is among the best clubs in the world and for me, it's a pleasure to work with Agnelli, Marotta, Paratici and Nedved". We need to improve what we started four years ago, and I'm happy to do it with this group of directors.

"I've always said that the president will be the first to know if I want to leave, and the president will have to tell me if he wants to make a change".

"So then it was just a matter of guessing and nobody gave out Julen Lopetegui's name forward because we all thought he was focusing on the World Cup and he's got a new contract with the national side".

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