Allegri talks about his non-arrival at Real Madrid
Before joining Juventus last summer, Massimiliano Allegri was insistently announced at Real Madrid to replace Zinédine Zidane. During an interview with GQ, the Italian technician explains the reasons that led him to refuse the proposal from Madrid.
With two Champions League finals (2015 and 2017), Massimiliano Allegri’s first stint at Juventus has everything from a great story. But after his departure in 2019, the technician cannot find a new project. Last summer, Real Madrid were looking for a successor to Zinedine Zidane and have the Italian as their priority.
The arrival of the latter is even considered complete. But at the last moment, Juventus contacted Allegri to entrust him with the reins of the team. A proposal that the coach is quick to accept, to the detriment of the people of Madrid. With GQ, Allegri confirms that the rest of his career was to happen in Spain: « I had already signed a contract with Real Madrid. »
Despite this commitment, the Italian changes his mind and informs Florentino Perez: « I called the president to tell him that I would not go because I had chosen Juventus. He thanked me. » The choice of La Liga leader ultimately falls on Carlo Ancelotti.
“It would have been the crowning achievement of my career”
It’s not the first time that Allegri turned down Real Madrid. The main interested party reveals that he had refused a first approach when he was in post at Juventus: « I said no twice to Real. The first time was when I was renewing my contract with Juve. I told the president of Real Madrid that I had already given my word to Andrea Agnelli. »
While Allegri’s destiny doesn’t seem to lie in Madrid, Italy admits joining Los Blancos would have been ‘the crowning achievement of (his) career.’ For his return to Turin, the former AC Milan had a complicated start in Serie A but has been raising the bar for several weeks. Big negative point, this elimination in the Champions League against Villarreal.