Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is contracted to the Turin outfit until the end of next season, but rumours have emerged suggesting he could be set for a move to the Premier League with Chelsea.
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Allegri Dismisses Chelsea Rumours
Wednesday, Feb. 10
"There's nothing to it," Allegri told Sky Italia (h/t TalkSport). "I cannot either confirm or deny something that doesn't exist."
"I want this matter over and done with now," he added. "What's important for me right now is to get to the end of the season with Juventus and try and win some silverware."
Juve Chief Expects Allegri Stay
Monday, Feb. 8
"We have a great rapport with Allegri," said Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta, reported by Simon Johnson of the London Evening Standard. "Contracts are not as important as the relationships between people."
With Allegri, the conditions are all there to continue. The team is doing well and improving a great deal. Now the crucial moment of the season is coming up, so we should focus on that.
I believe that in a corporate structure such as ours the role of coach is of very high importance, so I am opposed to having a coach who is set to leave the club.
Mediaset, via the Press Association (h/t the Guardian), provided additional comments from Marotta:
All the conditions are right for us to continue with him as coach. Results are what count and Allegri has delivered plenty of those. Football is a business and the role of a coach is important when it comes to breeding continuity.
Chelsea are a top club and it’s obvious that they’ll want to look at the best coaches. All I can say is that Allegri is already at a top club, so he’d do well to think twice before leaving Juventus.
Thursday, Feb. 4
"Italian site Calciomercato.com say Allegri, 48, has been offered a four-year contract worth £5.7 [million] per season," Alex Harris of the Daily Star reported, adding: "And it's claimed he is open to a 'dream' opportunity in the Premier League."
Allegri Credentials Tough to Question
The 48-year-old has had great success at Juve since his instalment in the top job in 2014. He won a domestic double in his first season in charge in 2014-15 and led the Bianconeri to their first Champions League final since 2003—where they eventually lost to Barcelona.
He has engineered a terrific recovery in Serie A in the current campaign, with Juve shooting up the table to two points behind leaders Napoli following 10 consecutive victories.
Allegri also previously won a Scudetto with AC Milan, and his title-winning pedigree is undoubtedly what has sparked Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's interest.
The Blues have had a horrendous 2015-16 season—they currently sit well outside the European places—but their squad remains packed with top-quality players, and Allegri could prove to be the man chosen to lead a new era at Stamford Bridge.