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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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Rodrygo talks about teaming up with Kylian Mbappe: “A dream to play with the best”

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Real Madrid forward Rodrygo, who is currently training with the Brazilian national team for the Copa America in the United States, expressed his excitement about the prospect of playing with Kylian Mbappe. 

Rodrygo emphasised that it would always be a pleasure to team up with Mbappe, whom he considers one of the best players in the world.

Rodrygo mentioned that it would be a great honour for him to play alongside the future Real Madrid forward. 

“For me, it’s a pleasure to play with Mbappe, I always made it very clear. He’s going to help our team a lot, he’s going to help make it even stronger than it already is,” said the forward as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

What about Rodrygo’s place in playing XI

Mbappe and Rodrygo are set to join forces at Real Madrid starting next season. Interestingly, the Frenchman’s arrival could potentially impact Rodrygo’s playing time. 

Despite the competition, though, the forward remains optimistic and prefers to focus on his current role with the Brazilian national team rather than speculate about his future at the club.

Rodrygo is eager to play alongside Kylian Mbappe. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“It is always a pleasure, but now is not the time to divert the focus, I want to be focused on the national team. 

“Mbappe is also playing the (European) championship with his national team and I want to be focused here.

“But always making it clear that it is a pleasure and a dream to play with one of the best in the world,” he added.

Rodrygo is focused on Copa America

As Rodrygo prepares for his first Copa America with Brazil, he aims to demonstrate the same high level of performance that he has consistently shown with Real Madrid in recent years. 

He recalled a memorable moment from the 2021/22 Champions League semifinal against Manchester City. 

In that match, Rodrygo scored two last-minute goals that forced extra time, ultimately securing Real Madrid’s place in the final, where they defeated Liverpool.

Rodrygo hopes to replicate such extraordinary performances with the Brazilian national team during the Copa America. 

His main goal with the national team is to have impactful moments that contribute to the team’s success, similar to his crucial role in the Champions League semifinal.

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