Chelsea prime target Massimiliano Allegri has made an announcement over his future following recent reports.
The Blues are set to release Maurizio Sarri after agreeing term with Juventus but they are now forced to appoint a replacement. Juventus will pay £5 million to Chelsea as compensation fee for the release of Sarri, who will assume the reigns of the Turin based club.
Sarri was appointed by Chelsea to replace Antonio Conte only last summer. The Italian boss led Chelsea to a third place finish in the League and qualification for the prestigious Champions League. He’s also helped them conquer the Europa League.
Alas, Sarri misses Italy and he’s decided to call time on his spell with the Blues. Several names have been thrown into the fray as possible replacement for the outgoing boss. Frank Lampard is thought to be a priority target for the Blues but former Juve boss Max Allegri is reportedly on the radar of the Blues too.
After leading Juventus to consecutive Scudetto titles, Allegri left the Old Lady. While it is anticipate that he would return to the sidelines immediately, the 51-year-old has played down reports linking him to Chelsea.
Speaking at the Castello Sforzesco in Milan, Allegri declared: “I will stay [away] for a year because I have to get back my private life, to find my family, children and friends after so many years.
“These last 16 years I have been in a centrifuge. I will give my family, children and friends some affection.
“This year, I will need this [time off] in order to recharge my batteries for the next season.”
It looks as though Lampard will be appointed as the manager of the Blues. Former players of the game have given their support to Lampard, who had a relative good spell with Derby County as their manager.