Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has told reporters he is focused on his work with his current club after being asked about reports that he is set to leave the Serie A Champions to join Arsenal in the summer.
Last month the Daily Express reported that Allegri was in “advanced talks” to replace Arsene Wenger at the Emirates, and talking after Juve’s 2-0 win over Crotone last night, the Italian said he would not speak about the rumours surrounding his future.
He told Mediaset Premium (translated by ESPN FC):
“I won’t deny or confirm anything. I am in sync with the club, now we have to focus on winning. At this time of the season the media always says I’m leaving, even when things are going really well.”
With Wenger’s contract set to expire in the summer, a number of managers have been linked to replace him. Along with Allegri, Eddie Howe, Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Tuchel, RB Leipzig’s Ralph Hasenhuttl and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone have all bee tipped to take over at the Gunners by various media sources.
Out of all the managers, only one, Leipzig’s Hasenhuttl, has confirmed that he has indeed held preliminary discussions about the job. The German told reporters about the talks back in December.