Show Allegri love, Cellino warns Chelsea and City

Date published: Tuesday 15th September 2015 1:52

Massimiliano Allegri: Offered Chelsea job

Massimiliano Allegri: Offered Chelsea job

Chelsea and Manchester City have been warned to show Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri “love not money” if they ever want him as coach.

The warning comes from Leeds owner Massimo Cellino, who is a close friend of Allegri’s after their time together at Cagliari.

Cellino had Allegri as a player at his former club in the mid-90s before giving him his big break in management at the Sardinian club in 2008.

The pair have remained close since Allegri’s departure in 2010 and Cellino says Allegri would like to manage in the Premier League one day.

But the Leeds chairman says his fellow Italian would snub any offer from money-bags Chelsea or Juventus’ Champions League opponents, City.

“If a club wants Massimiliano Allegri, you have to understand money is not the most important thing for him as a coach,” Cellino told the Daily Mirror.

“If you want him, you have to convince Massimiliano with love, not money.

“Before he went to Juventus, Roma offered him double the money to go to them, but the project at Juventus appealed to his heart.

“He is interested in English football, and would like to manage here one day, and the English club for Massimiliano Allegri would be the one with the biggest heart, a club with a strong soul.

“So he would not go to Manchester City or Chelsea. Maybe Arsenal, Manchester United or Liverpool, but not Manchester City or Chelsea.

“The best English club for Massimiliano Allegri would be Leeds because we have the biggest heart! But we are not in the Premier League.”

Allegri ‘perfect’

Allegri has emerged as Italy’s top coach after winning the Scudetto and Coppa Italia last season is his first campaign at Juventus, as well as guiding them to their first Champions League final since 2003.

Cellino said: “He was a beautiful player and now he is a beautiful coach.

“I have been trying all my life to find the perfect coach, believe me, I have looked hard. If there is a coach who is close to perfection, then it is Massimiliano Allegri.

“He is a real top guy.

“I knew he would be a good coach because as a player he was very intelligent – he was too intelligent for our coach at the time!”

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