Max Allegri’s employment status is all of an official announcement away from becoming reality again. The contract has reportedly been agreed to and signed, and now that means we can fully speculate on what Allegri 2.0 at Juventus can look like with the summer transfer window right around the corner.
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And you better believe that Allegri’s return has played a major role in that.
According to Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio and Fabrizio Romano, Giorgio Chiellini will be back at Juventus for one more season. The reason for the 36-year-old Italian defender re-upping for what will be looked at as one final ride at Juventus? Because Allegri has requested that Chiellini does so, with Juve’s former manager who is set to become their new manager again asking the club’s captain to sign on for another season through 2022.
Chiellini’s current deal with Juventus expires at the end of June, with contract talks pretty much put off until the end of the season. In recent weeks, it had been reported that Chiellini was going to have a meeting with club president Andrea Agnelli to discuss his future at the club. But with Allegri now back in the fold, it looks rather certain that Juve’s new manager wants one of the club’s stalwarts around as he begins his second stint in Turin.
Chiellini had also been linked with a move to the United States where he would possibly sign with one of Major League Soccer’s newest clubs, FC Cincinnati.
What’s clear is that Allegri values Chiellini’s presence more than anything else. He is, at this point in his career, a part-time player who will need to see his minutes managed quite a bit as Matthijs de Ligt clearly emerges as the leader of the new-look Juventus backline that could very well see Gianluigi Donnarumma arrive at some point this summer. And as both Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci head toward the end of their respective careers, the leadership Chiellini proves will be a valuable asset for Allegri’s Juventus — one that is expected to undergo quite a refreshing this summer or at least begin the process of doing so.
But just like so many things over the past week or two, what you thought two or three days ago isn’t close to what happens in the present time. Just when it looked like Chiellini could leave Juventus for a year or two at another club or head off into retirement, here comes Max Allegri to ask him to stay for another season. The final days of May continue to be a wild ride.