Just hours after the announcement of Andrea Pirlo’s departure as manager, Juventus have confirmed their replacement. Massimiliano Allegri will return to the Turin club, which he led to five consecutive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals during his previous visit.
Reports in Italy say Allegri signed a four-year deal at almost $ 11 million a year, plus incentives.
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Juventus are hopeful that Allegri can help the club return to contention for the UEFA Champions League and Serie A titles after failing on both fronts with Pirlo in 2020-2021. Juventus qualified for the Champions League next season and won the Coppa Italia and the Italian Super Cup, but that was not enough to save Pirlo’s job.
With Spanish giants Real Madrid also seeking a replacement for Zinedine Zidane this summer, Juventus beat them against Allegri, who was considered one of the most in-demand coaches in the market this summer.
Allegri back to Juventus
Juventus’ announcement of Allegri’s return was full of praise for his past achievements with the Bianconeri.
“What he achieved during his first adventure at Juventus is etched in the history of the club: five Scudetti, four consecutive doubles, coupled with Coppa Italia and two Supercups, reaching two Champions League finals in just three seasons, in what were epic feats in Italy and Europe.
“Now we are ready to start over with Allegri, to build our future together; with his tremendous professionalism, his moral strength, with the brilliant ideas of a manager who can mix the cards, on and off the pitch.
Many fantastic years spent together and now many more to come! 👊🤍🖤#AllegriIN
– JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) May 28, 2021
Juventus and Allegri parted ways in the summer of 2019 after five seasons and the 53-year-old has not taken on another job, although he has been linked with every top vacancy in Europe.
Allegri made a name for himself in Italian Serie A with Cagliari and AC Milan jumped at the chance to sign him after being surprisingly relieved of his duties at Cagliari in 2010. He went on to win the Serie A title. 2010-2011 with Milan, but he couldn’t replicate that success in subsequent years and then joined Juventus in 2014 for what has become a memorable five-year race.
Fans of the US national team will be interested to see how one of football’s great minds employ US national team midfielder Weston McKennie, who has just completed his first season at Juventus playing 46 matches, including 25 departures in all competitions.