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Allegri says he does not regret choosing Juventus over Real Madrid

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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.

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Real Madrid defender on the radars of Juventus, could leave for €6-8 million

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Real Madrid are looking towards a heavy splurge in the coming summer transfer window. After all, they do not even have another option given the sheer number of player departures already finalized.

Los Blancos have lost the services of Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Eden Hazard over the past week. While three of the four players predominantly featured on the bench, their presence in the squad gave Carlo Ancelotti’s side much-needed depth and a cushion of sorts.

The forward unit is, thus, the most prioritized department ahead of the transfer window. However, pieces are beginning to fall apart on other fronts and could potentially put the club in a difficult situation.

According to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus are eyeing Lucas Vazquez and hope to sign him in the coming month. Contacts between the two parties have begun and the transfer fee discussed appears to be around the €6 million to €8 million ballpark given that he has just one year left on his contract.

The player, for his part, is willing to sign for the Italian giants given his relative lack of minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu. At 31 years of age, he understandably does not want to play a second-fiddle role.

Vasquez played part in 23 of Real Madrid’s 38 La Liga games last season, starting only on 12 occasions. Even in his few appearances, he averaged a mere 50 minutes per game.

The veteran completed the season with four goals and an assist to his name. Further, he averaged five defensive actions and a key pass in every game and feels hard done by his limited role.

Vazquez’s departure would place the club in a tricky situation as it would leave Real Madrid with only Dani Carvajal as a natural right-back option. Nacho Fernandez could, in theory, serve as the backup but a new signing for the position cannot be ruled out.

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