Allegri: ‘Happy at Juventus’

Massimiliano Allegri dismisses reports linking him with the Manchester United job – “I’m very happy at Juventus”.

Today the Times reported that the Bianconeri boss is interested in the job, and has been taking English lessons in preparation for a move to the Premier League.

“I’m very happy at Juventus,” Allegri assured in his Press conference today.

“We’re doing great things, along with the club, and we continue like this. Not least because we’re only in December and there are a lot of matches between now and June.”

Allegri then discussed his team for tomorrow, starting with Medhi Benatia and Blaise Matuidi.

“Both are definitely in contention, Matuidi had a cold so I left him at home for the trip to Bergamo and Benatia had a slight inflammation.

“Everyone is available tomorrow, and that includes [Federico] Bernardeschi. We have a difficult game tomorrow, Sampdoria are in great form and are even fighting for the Champions League.

“Tomorrow [Daniele] Rugani will play, [Leonardo] Bonucci will rest. The doubt is between Alex Sandro and [Leonardo] Spinazzola, but I’m happy with what Spinazzola is doing.

“Chiellini is fine, I sent him to bed and tucked him in.

“We need to get three points tomorrow though so we can close the year well, take a bit step forward and go into our holiday with serenity.

“We’ll need to drag out the last of our energy before the winter break, and we’ll need the stadium to push the team too. Tomorrow we’ll need the fans more than ever, though always in the right way.

“[Paulo] Dybala is fine, as is [Mario] Mandzukic and [Cristiano] Ronaldo is back. I have important options on the bench, tomorrow will be a long day and if we don’t unlock things in the first part of the game it will be another match.

“Let’s see how things go tomorrow, we have the chance to finish on 50 points and that’s not bad.

“At the moment, taking out tomorrow’s match because I don’t know how it’ll end, the team has 16 wins and two draws – that’s not nothing. And we finished first in our Champions League group.

“So if I hear about a Juve in crisis then maybe the panettone went off. If you’re joking then maybe I can accept it…

“There’s pride and satisfaction with what we’ve done, I’m happy with how we’re working but that’s not enough for what we want to go on and win.

“So we need to keep our heads down, not talk, and win which is the most important thing.

“Tomorrow we have to win to get to 53 points, which would be a great thing. Not for the record [100 points in a calendar year] but because it would take us closer to an eighth Scudetto.

“Just that.”

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