Massimiliano Allegri opens up over decision to reject Real Madrid

Brave decision

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has opened up over his decision to reject Real Madrid in the summer in favour of staying at the Old Lady.

The Italian giants have been impressive under Allegri with him guiding the club to several trophies, including a Serie A title in every one of the seasons in charge.

That includes two trips to the Champions League final, with both ending in defeat against Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Though, his impressive performances meant that Real Madrid would come calling in the summer and Allegri had a big decision to make.

However, he had already given his word to the Juventus president Andrea Agnelli that he would remain at the club.

Massimiliano Allegri & Carlo Ancelotti

Massimiliano Allegri & Carlo Ancelotti during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final, second leg match between Real Madrid and Juventus at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 13, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.

Sticking to his word

Now, the Italian boss has opened up over that decision to reject Real Madrid and remain at Juventus.

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“‘I said ‘no’ to Real Madrid because I made a commitment with the president,” he explained, as quoted by the Daily Mail. 

‘Therefore, my maximum respect for Juventus and given word were why I rejected the call of Real Madrid, the biggest club in the world and the dream for every coach.

‘I’d be a hypocrite if I said I wasn’t honoured by their consideration, but I’m absolutely convinced that I made the right decision.

‘Am I a ‘bandiera’ like Buffon or Del Piero? I absolutely don’t want to be equated with them because they’re players who wrote Juventus’ history, whereas I’ve only been here for four years.’

Gianluigi Buffon post Juventus 1 - Real Madrid 4

CARDIFF, WALES – JUNE 03: Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus walks past the Champions League trophy after the UEFA Champions League Final between Juventus and Real Madrid at National Stadium of Wales on June 3, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

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