Allegri plays straight bat to latest Arsenal manager reports

Date published: Monday 6th March 2017 10:16

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has denied that there is an agreement in place to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal boss.

The Sunday Express claimed that Allegri had reached a verbal agreement with the Gunners to takeover in the summer.

The Gunners chief, who has been offered a new contract, is expected to announce where his future lies in the next couple of months with increasing speculation that the Frenchman will walk away from The Emirates after 17 years, when his contract expires.

Juve boss Allegri has been installed as one of the favourites to replace him and reports on Sunday claimed he was already targeting players he was going to take with him to England.

But after Juventus’ 1-1 draw with Udinese on Sunday, Allegri poured cold water on the talk.

“I repeat what I have already said before – it’s not true,” said Allegri.

“The second thing, even if there was something in it, the first to know and learn my wish to leave would be Juventus.

“I’m contracted until 2018. I’m not the one to decide my future – Juventus will. It is they who decide because it’s the way I work and have worked previously.

“When time passes, as we did last year, we will evaluate what to do.

“And if these rumours were true, Juventus would be the first to know and I haven’t talked to Juventus yet.”

Allegri, who is closing in on a third successive Scudetto at Juve this season, on Saturday claimed his focus was on the Serie A title without totally ruling out a move to England.

“Right now, at this moment, we are focused on what happens this season and so to talk about what I’m going to do is of little interest to anyone,” he said.

“The Juventus fans are interested in what the team does and what the team can win. Last year I met the President and told him I would stay, that when the moment comes I will talk to the club and we’ll decide.

“I have a contract to 2018, but now we have to focus on this very important period of the season, concentrating on Serie A, the Champions League and Coppa Italia without thinking of what will happen next year.”

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