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Lippi not surprised with continued Arsenal link

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Former Italy and Juventus boss Marcello Lippi is not surprised that Massimiliano Allegri is being linked with a move to the Premier League.

The Juventus manager continues to be linked to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, with the Frenchman’s contract set to expire over the summer.

Lippi, who is now in charge of the China national side, is not shocked to hear that the 49-year-old Italian has drawn reported interest from the Gunners:

Lippi told Sky Sports Italia (via FourFourTwo):

‘When a coach wins two-three championships in a row and reached the final of the Champions League it is normal that other teams are especially important to make proposals.

‘It happened to me many times, but if you are the coach of Juventus you do not take into account these teams.’

Wenger’s future at Arsenal remains in limbo with no sign of him committing to the club after the current season finishes. Reports have claimed that the club have offered him a new two-year deal, but the Frenchman has said that he could wait until spring to decide whether or not to continue on his role at the Emirates.

As for Allegri, there have been suggestions of him being unsettled at the Turin club following reported bust-ups with some of his players, but Juve chief Beppe Marotta has recently admitted he wants the Italian to stay on.

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