“Juventus decided I should leave” – Allegri

Massimiliano Allegri says Juventus decided he would not coach the Serie A champions next season.

Juventus announced on Friday that Allegri’s five-year spell in charge will come to an end.

The former AC Milan coach has enjoyed great success in Turin, leading Juve to five consecutive Serie A titles, four Coppa Italia wins and two Champions League runner-up finishes.

But Allegri will depart at the end of the current campaign, although the 51-year-old insists he leaves Juventus on good terms

“I leave a winning group that has the potential to repeat its success in Italy and have another great Champions League campaign,” an emotional Allegri told a news conference on the eve of the team’s final home match of the season against Atalanta on Sunday.

“Unfortunately, some situations meant we couldn’t go all the way this season. We talked, expressed our ideas on what was best for Juventus and the future of Juventus.

“After that, the club evaluated it and decided it was best that I wouldn’t be the coach next season.

“The rapport with President Agnelli, directors [Pavel] Nedved and [Fabio] Paratici remains excellent. We’ve all grown together and the right moment has come to leave on the best terms.

He added: “Some things were written that were not correct, suggesting I asked for a long contract, for a squad revolution and different players, but we never got to that. We simply realized it was best not to continue together.”

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