'No truth' in Chelsea ru­mours for Juve's Al­le­gri

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

Ju­ven­tus coach Mas­si­m­il­iano Al­le­gri has again dis­tanced him­self from the Chelsea man­ager's job amid claims he will re­place in­terim boss Guus Hid­dink at the end of the sea­son.

Al­le­gri, who steered the Turin gi­ants to the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal last year, has a con­tract un­til June 2017 but is re­ported to be the Blues' num­ber one choice to re­place for­mer Chelsea man­ager Jose Mour­inho.

Re­ports in Eng­land on Wed­nes­day claimed Chelsea owner Ro­man Abramovich had ruled Diego Sime­one out of con­tention for the job be­cause he does not like the Atletico Madrid coach's play­ing style.

Al­though for­mer Ju­ven­tus coach An­to­nio Conte has also been linked to the club, the spot­light is firmly on Al­le­gri due to his suc­cess with the club last sea­son.

But ahead of Juve's top-ofthe-ta­ble clash against Napoli on Satur­day, he said: "There's no truth in it. I can't deny or con­firm some­thing that doesn't ex­ist. "Once and for all, let's end this dis­cus­sion."

Al­le­gri took over from cur­rent Italy coach Conte in time for the start of last sea­son and led Juve to a fourth con­sec­u­tive Serie A ti­tle, their first league and Cup dou­ble in 20 years and their first Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal ap­pear­ance since 2003.

Juve were out­classed 3-1 by Barcelona but their run to the fi­nal pro­vided a huge boost for the club and for cash­strapped Ital­ian foot­ball as a whole.

Spec­u­la­tion that Al­le­gri would soon quit Turin for Lon­don in­creased on Mon­day when Gio­vanni Ga­le­one, who coached Al­le­gri at sev­eral clubs dur­ing his play­ing ca­reer and is de­scribed as his men­tor, said Chelsea had made Al­le­gri a "fan­tas­tic of­fer". "If I was Al­le­gri, I would walk to Chelsea and I think he will end up there at the end of the sea­son," Ga­le­one said in an in­ter­view with Ra­dio Ra­dio.

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