Allegri dismisses Arsenal link

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Massimiliano Allegri has played down suggestions he’ll quit Juventus to join Arsenal in the summer.

The Italian has been touted as a successor to Arsene Wenger should the Frenchman reject the opportunity to sign a new contract the Emirates.

Speaking after his side’s 1-1 draw with Udinese on Sunday, Allegri dismissed rumours claiming he has a ‘verbal agreement’ with the Gunners board.

“I repeat what I have already said before, it’s not true,” he said.

“The second thing, even if there was something in it, the first to know and learn my wish to leave would be Juventus.

“I’m contracted until 2018. I’m not the one to decide my future, Juventus will. It is they who decide because it’s the way I work and have worked previously.”

He added: “When time passes, as we did last year, we will evaluate what to do.

“And if these rumours were true, Juventus would be the first to know and I haven’t talked to Juventus yet.”

Weirdly, if you swap out Juventus for Arsenal, you can easily imagine all of the above coming from the mouth of Arsene Wenger.

The Old Lady are currently 8 points clear at the top of Serie A and on course for their third successive league title under Allegri.

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