Massimiliano Allegri plans to take a year out after Juventus departure

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Former Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri intends to take a year’s sabbatical from football.

The 51-year-old left Juve at the end of the season after guiding the Bianconeri to five Serie A titles, four Coppa Italia trophies and twice into the Champions League final.

Allegri had been linked with a potential move to Chelsea – should his compatriot Maurizio Sarri leave Stamford Bridge this summer – but he plans to reconnect with his family before returning to management.

Quoted in La Gazzetta dello Sport, he said: “I will take a year out because I have to reclaim my private life. These last 16 years have felt like being in a centrifuge.

“I have let family matters get away from me… my children and my friends.

“This year will let me recharge with a view to coming back for the following campaign.”

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Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri provided the biggest hint yet that he could take up the Juventus job which was left vacant ever since the club announced that they parted ways with Massimiliano Allegri.

There have been rumours that he could return to Italy after his first season with Chelsea was not particularly smooth. Sarri has always been at the receiving end of criticism at the London-based club and he could leave them just days after leading them to Europa League glory.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, the 60-year-old admitted that the call of home is strong and hinted that he could answer it.

“For us Italians the call of home is strong. You feel that something is missing. It has been a heavy year. I begin to feel the weight of distant friends, elderly parents I rarely see. My loyalty to Naples? [Francesco] Totti was the last one-club man,” he said.

Goal reported that Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is leading the race to become the next Chelsea boss.

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Maurizio Sarri edges closer to Juventus job after telling Chelsea he wants to leave

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Maurizio Sarri

Maurizio Sarri has told Chelsea he wants to leave the club this summer, according to reports in Italy.

Sarri’s future as manager has been the subject of much discussion during the end of a campaign in which Chelsea secured a return to the Champions League by finishing third in the Premier League and then won the Europa League.

Sarri has been widely linked with Serie A champions Juventus, who are seeking a successor to Massimiliano Allegri.

Reports in Italy said Sarri held talks with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia on Friday and informed her that he wanted to return to his homeland.

Granovskaia, it is said, has promised to talk to club owner Roman Abramovich about his future.

Press Association Sport understands that Chelsea have no plans to sack Sarri.

Sarri succeeded Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager last summer after spending three years at Napoli.

The 60-year-old enjoyed a tremendous start at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea went unbeaten in 18 games.

But Sarri endured consistent criticism from a significant portion of the club’s supporters throughout the campaign and suffered heavy 4-0 and 6-0 defeats at Bournemouth and Manchester City.

Chelsea, however, reached the Carabao Cup final, which they lost on penalties to Manchester City, before finishing the season strongly.

Sarri claimed the first major trophy of his career when Chelsea beat Arsenal 4-1 in Baku on Wednesday to win the Europa League final.

After that game, Sarri said: “You know very well that I love the Premier League, the level of the competition, and I am lucky because I am in Chelsea, one of the best teams in the best championship in the world.

“So at the moment I am happy, but of course I want to know if the club is happy, if we can improve.

“It’s normal I think; I have a discussion with the owner after every season with every club.”

Chelsea have been linked with their former midfielder Frank Lampard, now the manager of Championship club Derby, should Sarri leave Stamford Bridge.

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