Massimiliano Allegri’s exploits with Juventus continue to attract interest from Europe’s elite club, as Real Madrid are the latest to register an interest in the tactician.
After a rough start, the 48-year-old has steered the Bianconeri back on track to once again lead the Serie A standings, as well as guiding his team on the verge of another Coppa Italia final and the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Allegri was heavily linked with the Chelsea job at the end of the season, but countryman Antonio Conte looks to be the favourite to be appointed. That has not stopped the cloud of doubt hanging over the head of Allegri however.
Zinedine Zidane’s tenure at Real Madrid has been thrust into doubt this week after a disappointing home loss to city-rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday, and reports that the dressing room has been thrown into chaos due to Cristiano Ronaldo’s errant comments post-match.
Allegri first came to Real Madrid President Florentino Perez’s attention last year when Juventus knocked his side out of the Champions League semi-finals in their own stadium, the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Perez has kept tabs on him since, and consulted close friend and AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani about the Livorno native’s credentials, to which he received glowing reports.
No concrete move has been made yet by the Spanish giants for Allegri, but if Zidane doesn’t do enough to impress the Real Madrid hierarchy from now until the end of the season, then contact will be made to Allegri about a possible move.
Adapted from an article in La Gazzetta dello Sport by Carlo Laudisa