Amidst the inconsistent run of form, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has said that he does not regret choosing the Turin-based club over Real Madrid in 2021.
Allegri, who was relieved of his duty by Juventus in 2019, was strongly linked with a managerial role at Real Madrid.
After Zinedine Zidane had departed, club president Florentino Perez was interested to bring Allegri to Spain, but the Italian chose his former team instead.
The negotiations were so advanced that Allegri even put pen to a contract but pulled out last minute after Juventus’ approach. Since his return, however, Juventus have more or less struggled for results.
The team is already out of the European competition and is currently fourth in the Serie A standings. Hence, it was normal to quip a question regarding his Madrid rejection as his team prepares for a home game against Bologna.
“I don’t regret one bit the fact that I chose Juventus instead of Real Madrid,” Allegri said during the pre-match press conference.
“I agreed terms with Real Madrid, yes. But my 10 year old son lives in Torino, he is very happy and when Juventus came knocking, it was very easy to say yes. I don’t regret my decision.”
After a stern fight against Chelsea, Real Madrid have progressed to the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League. Reacting to the event, Allegri added while he is happy for Madrid, he feels equally content with his decision.
“Real Madrid reaching Champions League semis? Yes, I saw that, but it is what it is. Again, I am happy with my decision,” he added.
With Allegri off the table, Madrid announced a reunion of their own by roping in Carlo Ancelotti from Everton. The team made a shaky start to the season, but with the others around them struggling too, the team has gone on to establish a decent lead in the league.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.