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Allegri Talks About Turning Down Real Madrid

Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri feels he made the right decision to turn down the Real Madrid job this summer.

The 50-year-old former midfielder was linked with Premier League side Arsenal and this year’s Champions League winners Madrid at the end of last season before choosing to stay in Turin.

Julen Lopetegui stepped in as Madrid’s new manager in June following the departure of Zinedine Zidane. This happened on the back of Allegri rejecting the chance to take the reigns at the Bernabeu.

Allegri has been at Juventus since joining from AC Milan in July 2014, a day after Antonio Conte resigned his services at the club.

Since then, he has helped Juventus secure four successive Serie A titles and last season became the first manager in Europe’s top five leagues to win four consecutive doubles.

Speaking to Stile Mese magazine, Allegri said: ‘I said ‘no’ to Real Madrid because I made a commitment with the president.

‘Therefore, my maximum respect for Juventus and given word were why I rejected the call of Real Madrid, the biggest club in the world and the dream for every coach.

‘I’d be a hypocrite if I said I wasn’t honoured by their consideration, but I’m absolutely convinced that I made the right decision.

‘Am I a ‘bandiera’ like Buffon or Del Piero? I absolutely don’t want to be equated with them because they’re players who wrote Juventus’ history, whereas I’ve only been here for four years.’

Madrid and Juventus played each other last weekend during their International Champions Cup clash in the United States. Lopetegui’s men came out on top to win 3-1 with two goals from Spain’s Marco Asensio.

For the upcoming season, Lopetegui will be without the services of Cristiano Ronaldo – who regularly contributed 50 goals a season.

Instead, Allegri welcomes the Portuguese superstar into the Turin side after a £100million deal was reached between the two sides earlier this summer.

Seeking an eighth consecutive Scudetto, Juventus open their title defence against Chievo on August 18.