Massimiliano Allegri reveals that he had agreed to become the new boss of Real Madrid before ultimately returning to Juventus last summer.
Massimiliano Allegri has revealed that he almost became the new manager of Real Madrid last summer.
Having remained without a club for two years, Allegri was on the market as several big clubs contemplated their approach to their 2021-22 campaign.
Allegri eventually returned to Turin, where he had previously won five successive Serie A titles, but it appears that the 54-year-old’s career could have taken a different path.
At the same time, Real Madrid were looking for a replacement for Zinedine Zidane, Allegri claiming that he had agreed to move to the Bernabeu before receiving a call from his former club.
Speaking to GQ Hype, Allegri said: “I had already signed an agreement with Real Madrid, but then, in the morning, I called the president [Florentino Perez] and told him that I would not go because I had chosen Juventus.
“He thanked me for my words. Since Juventus called me in May, I had no doubts. On a professional level it would have been the culmination of a journey, of course: AC Milan, Juventus and then Real Madrid.”
Allegri has since endured a mixed first campaign back at Juventus, the club already out of contention for the Serie A title and having been eliminated from the Champions League at the quarter-final stage.