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Former Real Madrid target reflects on his decision to reject the Bernabeu

With Real Madrid losing two superstars before the start of this season, the Los Blancos shortlisted multiple targets and their top star reveals why he rejected the Bernabeu.

With both Juventus and Napoli fighting for the Serie A last, both their managers were been seriously linked with a move away. However, with both Arsenal and Chelsea making Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri their new managers, Real Madrid decided to go for Massimiliano Allegri, but any approach for him simply ended up in failure. The Juventus boss opted to stay in Turin and even went on to bring in Cristiano Ronaldo during the summer transfer window.

The 50-year-old was also linked with a move to the Premier League but Real Madrid ended up being the only horse in the race. But things didn’t turn out the way the La Liga giants wanted them to, and they ended up signing Julen Lopetegui, effectively ending Spain’s World Cup campaign. And given that Real Madrid had just lost both Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo, many felt that Allegri would have been perfect to stabilise and create a new regime at the Santiago Bernabeu.

But things, didn’t go Real Madrid’s way and it looks like under Lopetegui, things may be a little experimental with the former Spain boss opting so far not to bring in a big money replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo. However, he has brought in Thibaut Courtois, Vinicius Junior, Alvaro Odrizola, Andriy Lunin among others.

Allegri, on the other hand, has recently opened up on his decision to reject the Santiago Bernabeu side, saying “I said ‘no’ to Real Madrid because I made a commitment with the president. Therefore, my maximum respect for Juventus and given word were why I rejected the call of Real Madrid, the biggest club in the world and the dream for every coach.

I’d be a hypocrite if I said I wasn’t honoured by their consideration, but I’m absolutely convinced that I made the right decision.” He further added, when asked about critics titling him a Juventus legend “Am I a ‘Bandiera’ like Buffon or Del Piero? I absolutely don’t want to be equated with them because they’re players who wrote Juventus’ history, whereas I’ve only been here for four years.”

Author’s take:

A tactical genius, Massimiliano Allegri is one of the top managers in the world and is partly responsible for making Juventus the Serie A giants they are, despite only arriving there in four years ago. However, the Italian international will face serious competition with the likes of Carlo Ancelotti and even Luciano Spalletti looking towards the Scudetto this season.

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