Massimiliano Allegri reveals he signed Real Madrid contract before Juventus return

Sean Walsh
Allegri rejoined Juventus in 2021
Allegri rejoined Juventus in 2021 / Gabriele Maltinti/GettyImages

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has said that he signed a contract to become the new manager of Real Madrid before the Bianconeri asked him to return to Turin.

The Italian tactician replaced former player Andrea Pirlo in the Allianz Stadium dugout last summer, two years after he had initially left Juve.

During his spell away from La Vecchia Signora, Allegri was linked to a whole host of jobs, and revealed in his first Juventus press conference of this season that he was offered the chance to manage Real Madrid.

However, in a recent interview with GQ, the 54-year-old revealed that he actually signed on the dotted line for Los Blancos, only to tell club president Florentino Perez that the deal was off because Juventus had come calling again.

"I had already signed with [Real Madrid] last summer, but I called the president to tell him that I would not go because I had chosen Juventus. He thanked me. When they called me in May, I had no doubts," Allegri said.

"I have no regrets, it would have been great professionally [to have managed] Milan, Juventus, Real Madrid…but you can’t have everything in life.

"I am proud to have coached Milan for four years and to be at Juventus now. I rejected Real Madrid twice. The first time I was in talks to extend with Juventus. I told Florentino Perez that I had already given my word to [Juventus chief Andrea] Agnelli."

Allegri left Juventus in 2019 and appointed Maurizio Sarri as his successor, but he only lasted one season in the job and was replaced by Pirlo.

While he is back in the Turin hot-seat now, Allegri said that he had been offered the chance to return to Juve earlier than 2021 and revealed why he did not take up these prior approaches.

"It was the right time [in 2021]. I could have returned earlier, but I didn’t do it because of personal reasons," he said.

"My mother died in 2018, so I didn’t want to go too far away. I remained close to my son Giorgio and my father, who was severely affected by the death of my mum. He still lives in Livorno.

“I decided to return to Juventus because I have a strong bond with the club and the owners, but also to stay closer to my son, who lives in Turin with his mother. I like to be close to my loved ones."