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Former Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has revealed that he intends to take a year out of football after leaving the Italian champions in May.
Allegri took over from former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and the 51-year-old won the Serie A title in each of his five seasons since taking charge of Juventus in 2014.
Allegri has been one of the names rumoured to be high on Chelsea’s list of managers that will take over from the departing Maurizio Sarri who’s expected to manage Juve next season.
Allegri has now revealed that he’d be taking a break from football for at least one year.
“I’m going to take a year off to recharge the batteries and take my personal life back in hand,” Allegri said at an event in Milan.
“The last 16 years have felt like being in a spin-dryer.”
Blues legend Frank Lampard is being linked with the Chelsea job and is among the favourites for the Chelsea managerial job.
Former Chelsea star Gus Poyet has urged Lampard to seize the opportunity with both hands if he is offered the job, as he said: “I think it’s a beautiful job and, if he has the chance, Frank has to jump at it.
“It’s a rare opportunity and it’s a good option. He knows the club, he knows the politics inside the club and he knows you need to have a different way of playing.”