By Italy correspondent Gianluigi Carrozzini
Chelsea manager target Max Allegri has admitted he is learning English – but denied that he is close to agreeing a deal with the Premier League champions.
The Juventus boss’ mentor Giovanni Galeone has sparked fresh speculation about a summer move to Stamford Bridge by claiming Allegri will accept a “fantastic offer” from Chelsea.
Speaking at a media briefing on Tuesday, Allegri distanced himself from the London club but admitted he is working on his language skills.
“I study the English. I have done it since I was at Cagliari, but it’s only for myself,” the manager explained. “Regarding Chelsea, none of it is true, I want to end the discussion once and for all. Now, my and our team’s objective is to bring home several trophies, with Juventus, even with knowledge that it won’t be easy.”
But Galeone, who managed Allegri at Pescara, believes the offer from Chelsea is too good to turn down.
Galeone said: “If I were Allegri, I would even walk there – and I think he will.
“Allegri is certainly among the five best coaches in the world. I think he will leave Juve because the offer from Chelsea is truly fantastic.”
Allegri took over at Juventus in 2014 and had an incredible first season, steering the club to the Serie A title, the Italian Cup and the Champions League Final.
Abramovich is promising the new man at Chelsea a huge budget, while Juve failed to land the likes of Isco from Real Madrid – a player Allegri is understood to have been keen on.
Galeone believes that failure could contribute to Allegri’s decision on whether to remain at Italy’s biggest club.
He added: “For me, it would make no sense staying in Italy. Like I said, I think he will leave Juventus and I can see him doing very well in England.
“He’s doing an incredible job, considering that in the summer Juventus did not sign anybody who he had asked for, such as [Mario] Gotze, Isco or the others.”