Allegri says he rejected Real Madrid because of his love for Juventus

Tue 27 July 2021 | 17:03

Massimiliano Allegri has revealed he rejected Real Madrid’s offer to return to Juventus in his press conference on Tuesday.

The club held a press conference on Tuesday to unveil the returning coach.

The former




manager was at the helm for five years between 2014 and 2019. He was sacked after failing to deliver the Champions League trophy.

The 53-year-old, who signed a four-year contract with


, revealed he had turned down

Real Madrid

to return to Turin.

“I must thank Real Madrid president for the opportunity he gave me. I picked Juventus because of my love for this club and because I believe in this young team. It’s going to be amusing to coach these players, but we must win as well. It’s the most important thing,”

Allegri said


It was the second time Allegri said no to Florentino Perez after he rejected La Liga giants’ first offer in 2018.

“I feel thrilled and amused. I’ve had all young players so far, good players who did well on Saturday in the first friendly match of the summer,”

the Italian tactician continued


“The first-team players are coming back, they will all be available from Tuesday. Now it’s not time to talk about the past, we need to focus on the future.

“I thank the other clubs who had made an offer to me, but I woke up in the morning and called Andrea [Agnelli], asking him for a meeting.

“I am grateful he allowed me to return to coaching and win, which is what matters the most. I watched many games during my time off, especially at the end of the second year,”

Allegri continued


“I begin a new chapter at Juventus, this team is made of many young players who need to develop.

The coach also talked about what he expects from the club's trio 

Cristiano Ronaldo


Giorgio Chiellini

, and

Leonardo Bonucci


“There are also experienced players, such as Ronaldo, Chiellini and Bonucci. These three must be an added value for the club and the team, bringing experience and technique on the pitch, but they must also be role models for the young players.

“What we did will remain in history, two years ago we decided to part ways, now we start from scratch to achieve our goals.

“I am proud that Juventus called me and I am proud of the fans’ love. From now, we just need to focus on the pitch.

“Juventus’ DNA is a particular one, every win comes from daily work. I found a team that won one title in the last two seasons and two more trophies last term. They did a good job, and I have a good team.”

source: SportMob

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