All reports in the summer had indicated that Max Allegri was the leading candidate to take over the Real Madrid bench after Zinedine Zidane’s departure. The Italian was a prolific winner with Juventus and had taken a sabbatical for a year waiting for the right opportunity to arise. That opportunity appeared to be Madrid. In an interview with GQ Italia, Allegri revealed that he had a signed contract to take over as Real Madrid manager, before re-joining Juventus.
“I said it, and I will repeat it, before returning to Juventus I had already signed an agreement with Real Madrid to take over as their new manager,” Allegri revealed. “I called the president, Florentino Perez, and told him that I would not end up joining Madrid as I had chosen Juventus. He thanked me. There were not any further questions from Florentino or Madrid.”
The revelation of a signed agreement may come as a surprise to many Madrid fans. The courtship was a known fact, but a signed agreement that was broken means Madrid was then left scrambling to find a new coach. The search ultimately ended with Carlo Ancelotti, who offered himself to the club after a phone call with Jose Angel Sanchez. Although not first choice, Ancelotti has guided the club to the top of the La Liga thus far and has reached the Quarter-Finals of the UEFA Champions League. Meanwhile, Allegri has had a tough time trying to rebuild a new Juventus team. They are battling to stay in the Champions League positions within Serie A and crashed out of the Champions League in the round of 16 to Villarreal.