Massimiliano Allegri revealed that he turned down Real Madrid in favor of a second spell with Juventus.
Allegri was named Juventus manager in May after Andrea Pirio was relieved of his post after a bad season, finishing with the club only fourth in Serie A.
The expert Allegri led the Turin giants to five consecutive Serie A titles, four Italian Cup triumphs and two Champions League finals during his previous term.
Allegri, 53, revealed on Tuesday that he could take over from Real Madrid before Carlo Ancelotti was named head coach.
“I have to thank Real Madrid and the president for the opportunity he has given me [to coach Real Madrid]. Then I thought about it and I chose Juventus “, Allegri said during the presentation press conference.
It was a gesture of love for a club that has given me so much and that I like to coach. “
Inter’s 2020-21 Scudetto triumph put an end to Juventus’s nine-year spell of domination in Italian football and Juve president Andrea Agnelli hopes that Allegri can reaffirm the authority of the Bianconeri.
“It is useless to present him and repeat once again what he won. Perhaps, the streak of Serie A titles he has won is something impossible to match, “added Agnelli to Allegri’s presentation.
We analyzed what Juventus could have been with the return of Allegri, we agreed that it could be a risky choice for both of us due to its glorious past and the expectations it would bring.
“What Juventus can give is the right environment to achieve these results. Every victory was achieved through hard work. As Max has said several times, winning is not for everyone.
“A new season begins, our goal is to be competitive for each trophy in March, then we’ll see. Max is the Juventus manager for the next four years because he has the credibility to write an exciting new chapter. “
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The Juve president criticized the former coach Maurizio Sarri, who had taken the 2019-20 championship won in Turin for granted.
“Here at Juventus, we work hard every day to get victories,” continued Agnelli.
“We cannot take victories for granted, anyone who thinks that the trophies we have won in recent years have been less appreciated is wrong because behind every trophy and every season there is a great commitment, sacrifice and desire to win.”
Agnelli also confirmed that Giorgio Chiellini, captain of Italy in their first triumph in a European Championship from 1968 to Euro 2020, will sign a contract extension with the club.