Massimiliano Allegri has seemingly dealt Arsenal a blow by saying that he will wait until the end of the season before making a return to management.
The Italian is one of the managers on the shortlist for the vacant Arsenal manager’s job, according to Sky Sports.
The 52-year-old parted ways with Juventus following the club’s eighth consecutive Serie A title last season – the fifth under his tenure.
“I don’t know if you can call it a sabbatical or not,” Allegri told ESPN FC.
“As soon as the relationship with Juventus came to an end, the decision was to take a year out.”
Former AC Milan coach Allegri, who is taking English lessons, has admitted that when he does return to coaching he wants to be ready to hit the ground running.
“Next year will be an important year. Important for the choice I end up making and the need to be prepared for it,” he added.
“After a year out and five years at Juventus, I don’t want to go back into the game and do badly.”
Freddie Ljungberg’s start as interim head coach has not gone well so far after he followed up a draw at Norwich with a 2-1 home defeat to Brighton on Thursday night.
Meanwhile, the agent of Wilfried Zaha has opened the door to a potential January transfer for the Crystal Palace winger, claiming the window will bring “some very good and interesting opportunities”.
Zaha looked destined to leave Palace before the start of the season, with Arsenal and Everton both eager to sign him, but neither club could meet the Eagles’ valuation.
He handed in a transfer request on Deadline Day in an attempt to force through a move to Goodison Park, but it was to no avail.
Chelsea have since been linked with a bid if their transfer ban is overturned, a move which would allow the 27-year-old to stay in London.
Despite only recording two goals and one assist in 15 Premier League appearances since then, Zaha remains hot property, and agent Federico Pastorello has hinted that he could be on the lookout for a new home again when the winter transfer window opens in less than a month’s time. Read more…