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Juventus manager Allegri expresses desire to manage Arsenal

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri

Bengaluru, March 12: Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is very much interested in the Arsenal job as per reports in England.

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The Italian has been long-linked as the successor of Arsene Wenger at the Emirates but the Frenchman still looks unlikely to step down from his position despite Arsenal's disappointing form for quite some time now.

Allegri has made a huge mark for himself in world football over the last few years with his Juventus side dominating Italy easily and he also ended Arsenal's arch rivals Spurs' Champions League hopes in the round of 16.

However, the Italian fears his Turin bosses are planning to call time on his successful reign this summer.

The Italian gaffer was linked with Arsenal last year before Wenger’s FA Cup triumph earned him a new two-year contract at the Emirates.

Allegri, who is also on Chelsea’s radar also, had publicly ruled out a move to England after signing a new deal until 2020. But he is learning English and according to sources in Italy, he is eager to try his luck in the Premier League.

The 50-year-old has led Juve to three successive Italian League and Cup doubles plus two Champions League finals and also won the Serie A title while at AC Milan.

His ruthless streak, talent for organisation and tactical nous, as showed against Spurs, has won him a number of admirers on the Arsenal board.

And with Gunners’ chief executive Ivan Gazidis promising a “catalyst of change”, Allegri heads the list of possible successors to Wenger.

The under-fire Frenchman, 68, is on course for the worst Premier League finish of his 22-year reign with Champions League qualification not achieved for the second season in a row.

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    Story first published: Monday, March 12, 2018, 11:01 [IST]
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