Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has opened up about his future and has explained why he has began learning English, amid consistent Manchester United links.
Last May, Allegri announced that after earning two Champions League finals and five Serie A titles in as many years with Juventus, he would be stepping down as head coach.
Since then, he has been considered one of the most sought-after free agents in world football.
And in an interview with the Associated Free Press, the former AC Milan manager gave a brief insight into his sabbatical, and his future plans.
“In September I need to come back. If I don’t I’ll get too used to being on holiday and I’ll never work again!” Allegri said.
“I still have three more months of holiday and that’s good for me. “I won’t speak about my future, because there isn’t anything to talk about for now, and also because it would be disrespectful to the other coaches to do so.”
Allegri has reportedly been seen as a potential successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United, and following the rumours that the Italian is learning English, the links connecting the manager and the club grew greatly.
And Allegri confirmed that he is indeed learning English, however he insists it is for personal reasons only.
“I learn English for my personal culture, because when I go I can’t communicate,” he said.
On Tuesday, Allegri’s agent Giovanni Branchini said that his client’s future lay outside of Italy following a prosperous career as a player and manager.
And it is reported that PSG have eyed up the 52-year-old as a replacement to current boss Thomas Tuchel, but he has denied being contacted by the club.
According to AFP, Allegri has turned down several offers from ‘big Premier League and La Liga clubs’ since leaving Juventus last June.
United have maintained that current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be given time to mould his Red Devils side, but speculation of a change has been rife throughout the season, with United struggling to break into the top four.
Manchester City could be another potential destination for Allegri, with Pep Guardiola currently facing his toughest season in management as Liverpool run away with the league. The Catalan chief has also been linked with Allegri’s old Juve job.