Max Allegri ‘rejected Manchester United’ before joining Juventus

Massimiliano Allegri has completed a spectacular return to Juventus after a disappointing season under Andrea Pirlo and reports have emerged that the former Milan manager rejected a number of proposals from Premier League and La Liga clubs.

The 53-year-old quit his job at Juventus in 2019 to take a sabbatical but never returned to work, sparking speculation that he was set to retire but Allegri has now completed a return to the Old Lady after two years out of a job.

And his mentor Giovanni Galeone has now revealed that Allegri rejected the chance to become Chelsea manager twice and refused offers from other clubs, including Manchester United.

“The last year that he was at Juventus, Allegri said no to five big offers. Chelsea tried twice in the space of 15 days and he always rejected every proposal,” Galeone told Il Bianconero. ‘Then Real Madrid contacted him more than once, while Arsenal, PSG and Manchester United also tried. This was all in the space of a year, but he always said no.”

Presumably, any offer from Manchester United would have come before Ole Gunnar Solskjær took permanent charge in 2019. Manchester United were heavily linked with Allegri at the time but the Italian manager was intent on taking a break from football.

Allegri is now set for a return to Juventus, having signed a four-year deal at the Allianz Arena. Since Allegri’s departure from Juventus in 2019, United are the only club to not have replaced their manager in that time.

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