A few weeks after they announced the departure of Massimiliano Allegri as Juventus manager, his tenure came to its end on Sunday following a 2-0 defeat in front of Sampdoria. Now the Old Lady is ready to put all its attention to find the right replacement for Allegri, who won the Serie A title in each of his five seasons at the club.
In recent weeks Juventus was reportedly considering Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola as a strong candidate to take the reins of the team, something that was called “nonsensical and ridiculous” by City’s directive’s Alberto Galassi, ending any possibility for the club to get the Spaniard's signature.
Yet, if someone was thinking there was a little bit of hope for Juventus to sign Guardiola, the team’s sporting director, Fabio Paratici, has denied there was any approach to Pep.
"I think we live in a strange world," Paratici told DAZN on Sunday. "We did not have any contact, we never even thought about it, because [Guardiola] is under contract.
"It all seems very strange to me. We have clear ideas, we have already said it, we are doing our evaluations, and there are still many competitions in progress.
"Until all the competitions end, it seems to me right, out of respect for everyone to remain in this situation."
Everything points out now that Chelsea’s boss Maurizio Sarri is the front-runner to take the job at Allianz Stadium, but a lot of things have to happen before we see the former Napoli’s boss making his comeback to Italy.
Paratici also spoke about Paulo Dybala’s situation, shutting down all rumors about the Argentinian’s potential departure from Turin.
"He is one of our players, we have great confidence in him, the investment we made four years ago and the renewal of the contract is proof of this.
"Dybala is a Juventus player, a very important player for us."
Weeks after Paulo’s brother Gustavo said he wanted to leave the club, Dybala himself made it clear he is committed to Juventus and said his brother was speaking out of turn.