Juventus tell Chelsea: “Hands off our coach”

Chelsea are reportedly interested in appointing Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri as their new manager following the conclusion of the current season.

Daily Mail claims that the Blues have identified Allegri as a long-term successor to interim manager Guus Hiddink.

Meanwhile, Juventus sporting director Beppe Marotta is confident that the Turin club will be able to pursue their manager to stay at the club.

Speaking to Premium Sport (via Tuttosport) he said:

“Everything leads me to believe that Juventus can continue with the [current] coach.

“I believe that in a corporate structure such as ours the role of a coach is of very high importance, so I am opposed to having a coach who is set to leave the club.

“With Allegri there are grounds to continue the project, he has organised the team well.”

However, Allegri recently fuelled speculations that he might be on his way to Premier League by accepting that he is learning English.

When asked whether he was learning English, Allegri said: “A little…”

Allegri led the Old Lady to Serie A and Coppa Italia titles in his first season with the club. He also led them to the finals of the Champions League where they suffered a defeat at the hands of Barcelona.

In 2010-11, he led AC Milan to their first Serie A title since 2004.

Italy national coach Antonio Conte and Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini are other strong candidates to have been linked with the job at the West London club.

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