Chelsea only employed Lampard as boss after top Italian manager rejected Chelsea twice in 15 days

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It seems Chelsea legend Frank Lampard wasn’t Chelsea’s first-choice managerial target before his appointment in 2019.

Max Allegri reportedly turned down five job offers, including Chelsea twice, before returning to the helm at Juventus last month.

In an interview with Il Bianconero, Allegri’s mentor Giovanni Galeone said that the manager rejected proposals from five clubs including Chelsea twice.

He said: “The last year that he was at Juventus, Allegri said no to five big offers. Chelsea tried twice in the space of 15 days and he always rejected every proposal.

“Then Real Madrid contacted him more than once, while Arsenal, PSG and Manchester United also tried. This was all in the space of a year, but he always said no.

“‘I do think that if Juve hadn’t called, he would be in Madrid now, even though he wasn’t entirely convinced by the organisation there. Nobody is, really.”

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