Max Allegri’s agent has warned that the Italian is in no hurry to choose his next job, as he continues to be linked with Manchester United.
The former AC Milan and Juventus coach is taking a sabbatical after winning five consecutive Serie A titles in Turin.
Allegri was linked to numerous clubs, including United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Napoli, PSG and Bayern Munich, but remains on the outside looking in.
In the meantime, the Red Devils are still struggling to force their way into the Premier League’s top four under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with continued doubts being raised about the Norwegian’s long-term future at Old Trafford.
But it would appear that Allegri is not in line for a return to management any time soon.
“I don’t think Allegri will return particularly soon. He says he’s intensifying his English lessons, but I am not so sure about that!” agent Giovanni Branchini told Radio Anch’io Sport.
“Jokes aside, he is happy to have a year off. Sometimes you need to stop and see things from a different angle. I am certain that from next season he’ll be happy to resume his professional journey.”
The representative was also asked if Allegri is more likely to take his next job in Italy or abroad.
“It’s difficult to make predictions, as so much depends on how some clubs do in the Champions League. At this moment, it’d be really just baseless speculation.”
Meanwhile, Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek has responded to the speculation over his future by denying that Real Madrid have offered him a contract.
Van de Beek, who has been at Ajax since joining the youth ranks, has been one of the club’s star players in recent seasons and featured in last term’s run to the Champions League semi-finals.
The 22-year-old was subsequently named on the 30-man shortlist for last year’s Ballon d’Or and he has chipped in with nine goals and eight assists so far this campaign.
Such a run of form has seen Van de Beek linked with Madrid and Manchester United, with the latest report claiming that a deal to take him to the Spanish capital is all but completed. Read more…