Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has played down rumours that Manchester United want to appoint him as a replacement for Louis van Gaal.
It was reported earlier this week by Italian publication La Repubblica that United were considering Allegri as a successor for their current Dutch manager, who has failed to convince some since replacing David Moyes in the summer of 2014, but the 48-year-old insists he is “very happy” in his current role at the Juventus Stadium.
Allegri, who previously managed AC Milan for four seasons, caught the eye last term by guiding Juve to Serie A and Coppa Italia success. He also led the Italian giants to the Champions League final in Berlin, where his side were beaten 3-1 by Barcelona.
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"I'm focused on objectives, which is more important than rumours," Allegri was quoted as saying by Goal.com. “I have a contract here until 2017 and I am very happy to coach Juventus.
"I remain fully focused on achieving the very important targets that we have here."
Allegri unlikely to be in the running
It would be a big surprise if United were considering Allegri as a successor for Van Gaal, who has 18 months left on his contract at Old Trafford.
While the Italian undoubtedly enjoyed an excellent year last season, he has never coached outside of Italy and arguably showed little during his four years with Milan to suggest he would be capable of managing a modern-day elite club like Manchester United, Barcelona or Real Madrid.
Still, if he ends up winning more silverware at the end of this season, it’s inevitable that his name will be linked with the biggest jobs in world football.
Pep, Giggs and Neville the favourites
At this moment in time there are two standout favourites to replace Van Gaal: Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola and United’s assistant manager, Ryan Giggs.
They’re followed by Gary Neville, who was appointed head coach of Valencia until the end of the season on Wednesday.
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