Alberto Galassi, Manchester City’s sporting director, completely denied and dismissed all the talk and rumors pointing towards Pep Guardiola reaching an agreement with Italian giants Juventus to replace Massimiliano Allegri as the team’s head coach.
Allegri and Juventus decided to part ways following yet another Serie A title win by the Bianconeri, and Guardiola was allegedly on their shortlist of candidates to take over.
Galassi, however, deemed those reports as “nonsensical and ridiculous”, and was clearly upset about it when talking to Sky Sports Italia earlier today:
“As a Manchester City advisor, I was very surprised to read that a news agency broke completely nonsensical news. What Pep said last week obviously went unheard. First of all, the coach wants to stay at the club and he still has two years left on his contract. Second, a club like Juventus wouldn’t have allowed the leak of news of this magnitude. They would have contacted us first. It’s impossible to think that there will be a presentation in a few days. The news is completely untrue. It’s ridiculous. The coach’s desire is to stay, Pep is an amazing professional. He can’t understand why his words are not being considered. Honestly, we don’t understand why a club should explain a sure fact, Guardiola wants to stay,” Galassi claimed.
Guardiola’s coming off one of the best seasons of his career, with Manchester City winning the domestic treble, something that had never been done before in the English Premier League.
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Juventus, on the other hand, are looking to take a step forward and translate their domestic success abroad as well, even though the UCL has also been Guardiola’s Achilles heel ever since leaving FC Barcelona.
For now, it looks like the Vecchia Signora is going to try and find his new boss elsewhere, with Antonio Conte, Mauricio Pochettino, and Jose Mourinho as their other main targets.