Max Allegri ‘turned down Chelsea job TWICE in the space of 15 days and also ‘rejected proposal’ from Manchester United before the Italian manager decided to return to Juventus
- Max Allegri returned to Juventus last month just two years after leaving
- The Italian is said to have received a host of offers from top European sides
- Allegri’s mentor says that the Italian turned down three Premier League teams
Max Allegri reportedly turned down five job offers, including Chelsea twice, before returning to the helm at Juventus.
The 53-year-old returned to the former Serie A champions last month, just two years after he was sacked by the club in May 2019.
Over the past two years the Italian who won five straight league titles in his last spell at Juventus, has been linked with many top jobs across Europe.
Max Allegri returned to Juventus last month just two years after he was sacked by the club
The Italian is said to have rejected five offers from top European clubs in his two-year break
In an interview with Il Bianconero, Allegri’s mentor Giovanni Galeone said that the manager rejected proposals from five clubs including Chelsea twice.
He said: ‘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.
‘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.
‘I do think that if Juve hadn’t called, he would be in Madrid now, even though he wasn’t entirely convinced by the organisation there. Nobody is, really.’
Galeone, a former Udinese manager, previously stated that Allegri rejected a number of jobs due to family issues.
He told Naples based radio station Radio Kiss Kiss in March: ‘The reason is simple: due to some serious family problems with his mother, he had to say no to major clubs.
Chelsea have appointed two managers in the time that Allegri was without a job
Allegri is also said to have turned down Manchester United despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being at the helm
‘Max has said no to Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid. Now he wants to go back and he wants a first-class club. He also rejected PSG.’
Galeone revealed Allegri’s rejection of Madrid came after he had rejected the French champions and the Premier League duo, adding he did not want to look like a ‘clown’ by taking the job at the Spanish giants having only just turned down the advances of the other three sides.
Since Allegri left Juventus in 2019, Chelsea have had two changes of manager.
Maurizio Sarri left Stamford Bridge a month after Allegri was sacked, and was replaced by Frank Lampard.
The Chelsea legend had 18 months in charge before he was replaced by Thomas Tuchel, who clinched the Champions League with a victory over Manchester City.
Interestingly, Manchester United have not changed their manager in that time despite their supposed interest in Allegri, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returning to Old Trafford in December 2018.
Allegri won five straight Serie A titles at Juventus between the years of 2015 and 2019
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