Juventus: Massimiliano Allegri returns as manager

Allegri returns to the Allianz Stadium having won 11 major trophies from between 2014 and 2019

Juventus have confirmed that Massimiliano Allegri has returned to club for his second stint as manager of the club.

Allegri has returned to the Turin based outfit on a €9m (£7.7m)-a-year deal, just two years after he left the club following a trophy-laiden first spell in charge of the club.

Allegri, 53, led Le Zebre to two Champions League finals, he also went onto win four Coppa Italia titles from 2014 to 2019 and left the club after defending the Serie A title for the fifth year in a row.

Allegri was understood to be the favourite to fill the vacant position at Real Madrid following Zinedine Zidane’s departure, but Antonio Conte, who guided Inter Milan to the Serie A title last season, is now believed to be a serious contender to replace Zidane at the Santiago Bernabéu.

The appointment comes following the departure of Pirlo earlier on Friday, with the 42-year-old having overseen Juve missing out on the Italian top-flight title for the first time in a decade.

Andrea Pirlo left the Allianz Stadium on Friday morning

Upon Allegri’s return to the Allianz Stadium, Juventus said:

“Massimiliano Allegri is the Juventus manager once more. Allegri finds a bench that he knows very well, a club that he loves and that loves him back, as today a new journey begins together, towards new goals.

“What he achieved in his first adventure at Juventus are engraved in the club’s history: five Scudetti, to the four-consecutive doubles, coupled with the Coppa Italia and to the two Super Cups, reaching two Champions League finals in just three seasons, in what were epic feats both in Italy and in Europe.

“We said goodbye two years ago with the message, “History Alone”, the message on the back of the shirt given to Massimiliano Allegri by President Andrea Agnelli with an embrace and a shirt, on which in just two words encapsulated Allegri’s experience at Juve.

“The beauty of the story, however, is that it never stops. And in football, this means a concept that we have ingrained in our DNA: the best victory is the next one. Always.

“We said goodbye two years ago with the message, “History Alone”, the message on the back of the shirt given to Massimiliano Allegri by President Andrea Agnelli with an embrace and a shirt, on which in just two words encapsulated Allegri’s experience at Juve.

“The beauty of the story, however, is that it never stops. And in football, this means a concept that we have ingrained in our DNA: the best victory is the next one. Always.

“And now we are ready to begin again with Allegri, to build our future together; with his enormous professionalism, his moral strength, with the brilliant ideas of a coach capable of shuffling the cards, both on and off the pitch. With his smile, a sort of “signature”. With his way of understanding football and life with simplicity, with his desire to play things down and with the commitment to enjoy every beautiful moment that being at Juventus can give and will give.”

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