Juventus sporting director Beppe Marotta is confident that coach Massimiliano Allegri will still be at the club next season.
Despite leading his Bianconeri troops to 12 consecutive Serie A victories there has been strong rumours in recent days suggesting that Allegri was in talks over joining Chelsea, where there will be a vacancy in the summer.
The Premier League outfit is currently led by Guus Hiddink after dismissing Jose Mourinho earlier on in the season, although the Dutchman is only there on an interim basis and the Chelsea hierarchy have been hard at work looking for a successor, but Marotta is certain that they’ll have to look a bit further.
“Everything leads me to believe that Juventus can continue with the [current] coach,” he told Premium Sport.
“I believe that in a corporate structure such as ours the role of coach is of very high importance, so I am opposed to having a coach who is set to leave the club.”
After an excellent maiden season with the Old Lady which saw the club scoop another Serie A title and also reach the final of the Champions League, Allegri has ensured that the transition away from old coach Antonio Conte was as smooth a project as it could be, and Marotta wants this to continue.
“With Allegri there are grounds to continue the project, he has organised the team well,” the 58-year-old said.
Marotta was also of the opinion that former Bianconeri tactician Conte would be the prime candidate for Chelsea’s upcoming role, with his availability being more flexible than Allegri’s.
“I know both Conte and Allegri and they are top coaches,” he said. “However, Allegri already has a team and would think a lot before leaving Juventus.
“While Conte is having an important experience with the national team I can’t say for sure that it will continue.”