Sport Allegri claims he rejected Real Madrid ahead of Lopetegui's appointment

00:40  14 june  2018
00:40  14 june  2018 Source:   goal.com

Spain's 23-man World Cup squad confirmed

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Julen Lopetegui signed a deal until 2020 on May 22 but Real Madrid have swooped for his services and he has agreed to join the Spanish giants after the World Cup. The 51-year-old represented Barcelona as a player for three years but will now take charge of their bitter rivals.

Before he took over as Spain boss, Lopetegui was Porto manager for two years. May appeals to Tory MPs ahead of crunch Brexit votes. Real Madrid ready to sell Cristiano Ronaldo The celebrated footballer had rejected a "heavily bonus-based" new contract earlier this year, according to Daily Mail.

MassimilianoAllegri - Cropped: Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri © Provided by Goal Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri claims he turned down the chance to succeed Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid before Julen Lopetegui was appointed at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Last month, Zidane resigned from his post just five days after guiding Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League crown, bringing an end to a short but extremely successful two-and-a-half-year spell.

It was announced on Tuesday that Spain coach Lopetegui had agreed terms on a three-year deal with the European champions and was due to take over after the World Cup, only for the Royal Spanish Football Federation to dismiss the 51-year-old 24 hours later.

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Fernando Hierro will instead guide La Roja at the finals in Russia, but the story could have been very different had Allegri - who recently led Juve to their fourth straight Serie A title under his stewardship and seventh overall - accepted the offer from Madrid president Florentino Perez.

When asked if he had rejected Madrid, Allegri told Sky Sport Italia: "Let's say I said yes to Juventus.

"I spoke to the [Madrid] president once, and I said that out of respect for the [Juve] president [Andrea Agnelli], to whom I'd given my word, and Juventus, I'd be staying at Juventus.

"It was a decision I'd already taken, and even if other things can happen in life I'd say that I made the decision to stay at Juventus and respected what I'd said, without considering other options.

"I have to thank the Real Madrid president, though, for giving me the chance to go there."

Allegri also hinted that he had been contacted by Chelsea regarding the possibility of replacing Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge.

"Let's say that the decision to stay at Juventus had already been taken, while thanking the ones who sought me out," he said.

"I've always said that the president will be the first to know if I want to leave, and the president will have to tell me if he wants to make a change."

Real Madrid to rival Liverpool for Lyon forward Fekir .
Real Madrid are ready to rival Liverpool for the signature of Lyon attacker Nabil Fekir, according to Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas. The France forward looking likely to sign for Liverpool before the World Cup begun earlier this month, but the deal fell apart late on. It had looked like Fekir would remain with the French club for next season, however Aulas revealed today that the 24-year old could still move on, and that other parties are ready to enter the fray. Speaking to French television, Aulas claimed medical issues weren’t the reason the Fekir deal collapsed, that talks were progressing too slowly, and that Madrid have been interested since Julen Lopetegui’s appointment as manager. Speaking to RT France, as quoted by Mirror Sport, Aulas said: “Yeah, listen, at that stage it was foreseen he would go to Liverpool, I had given it the green light to go ahead. but it just took too long, things were just too drawn out.” “He is an exceptional player, he keeps the ball in little space and has an incredible talent. The fact that things didn’t conclude with Liverpool and it didn’t happen in that timeframe has peaked the interest of a lot of other clubs – Real Madrid, but not just Real Madrid and their new trainer.” “There is a lot of interest from other camps, so everything is possible.

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