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.
Arsenal boss requests €25 million-rated Real Madrid attacker
Marco Asensio is among the players who are facing an uncertain future at Real Madrid as we approach the second half of the campaign.
The attacker’s current deal at Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of the season. And despite showing glimpses of his potential during the course of this campaign, his continuity in the Spanish capital is far from guaranteed.
According to Fichajes, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has urged the club to push for an operation to sign Asensio at the end of the season.
The Spanish tactician has identified Asensio as an ideal candidate to reinforce his ranks in the attacking unit. The Real Madrid star, after all, brings in a wealth of experience, having featured in over 260 competitive matches for Los Blancos.
The forward’s tally of 53 goals and 29 assists is not bad by any means either. And given his versatility in the final third of the pitch, he could be a useful addition for Arsenal in the coming season.
But the Real Madrid camp will not too keen on offloading their star player. The club have been impressed by the attacker’s performance, which could potentially lead to a renewal offer later this year.
However, it must be noted that Real Madrid are yet to table any official offer for the attacker. In fact, it is Arsenal who have started laying the groundwork and are expected to meet the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, in London to discuss a potential move to Emirates Stadium.
It appears Liverpool are in the mix as well, though Arsenal remain the favourite due to the presence of Mikel Arteta. Barcelona, too, had showcased interest in signing Asensio in the summer, so it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the Spaniard in the coming months.