Massimiliano Allegri rules out taking Arsenal job

Massimiliano Allegri rules out taking Arsenal job

Despite speculations linking him to the Arsenal managerial job, Massimiliano Allegri has revealed that he will not be returning to management until June.

Allegri had a highly successful stint at Juventus, winning five straight Serie A titles but parted ways with the club at the end of last season.

The Italian manager has been one of the candidates earmarked to replace Unai Emery after Freddie Ljungberg was handed the role on an interim basis.

In an interview with ESPN, Allegri was asked when he intends to return to management, "In June. I don’t know if you can call it a sabbatical or not.

"Giovanni [Branchini – Allegri’s agent] and I immediately came to that decision. As soon as the relationship with Juventus came to an end the decision was to take a year out.

"I had 18 years as a player and I’ve been in coaching for 16. I stopped this year after 34. I’m happy. I have a chance to reflect, go and talk to people, do things in my private life that I’m passionate about like going to the theatre, some art exhibitions, reading books."