Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has revealed he turned down Real Madrid's offer to become their next manager earlier this summer.
Allegri was linked to the Real Madrid job after Zinedine Zidane left the club at the end of the last season. The 53-year-old, though, would eventually turn down the opportunity to manage Real Madrid and return to Juventus, the club he managed for five years between 2014 and 2019, for a second spell.
The Italian manager has now confirmed he was indeed offered the Real Madrid manager role, but turned it down and chose to join Juventus because of his 'love for this club and because I believe in this young team'.
"I must thank Real Madrid president for the opportunity he gave me. I picked Juventus because of my love for this club and because I believe in this young team. It’s going to be amusing to coach these players, but we must win as well. It’s the most important thing," Allegri said [via Goal] at a press conference on Tuesday when he was unveiled as Old Lady's manager.
Allegri also said he is grateful to Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli for allowing him to return to coaching Bianconeri. He said: "I thank the other clubs who had made an offer to me, but I woke up in the morning and called Andrea [Agnelli], asking him for a meeting. I am grateful he allowed me to return to coaching and win, which is what matters the most. I watched many games during my time off, especially at the end of the second year."