Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini paid tribute to the departing Massimiliano Allegri and suggested he may return one day.
After a trophy-laden five years at Juventus, Allegri will leave in the summer following talks with chairman Andrea Agnelli over his long-term plans.
The Italian had overseen five successive Serie A titles in Turin along with four Coppa Italia crowns and two Champions League final appearances. He had also been named the league’s best coach four times.
Now Chiellini, who has been at Juventus for the entire time of Allegri’s five-year spell in charge, has paid tribute to the outgoing manager.
“I’ll see him sometimes in Livorno or hear from him,” said Chiellini, as quoted by Football-Italia.
“He knows how to defuse things, he’s given us so much and he’ll be remembered.
“We’re at an end of an era with him and we must thank him. After that, Juventus will go on as usual.
“He has some incredible qualities, he’s been a real positive and all of Juventus will miss him. Maybe he could come back in the future.”
Allegri won’t be the only departure from Juventus this summer, with veteran defender Andrea Barzagli to retire after Sunday’s season finale at Sampdoria.
The 38-year-old has made 281 appearances for the Bianconeri after joining in 2010 from German side VfL Wolfsburg.
“I hope Andrea [Barzagli] stays on with the technical staff. He’s a special person, as well as an exceptional player,” said Chiellini.
“I’ll certainly miss him so much, I had the honour of spending eight fantastic years with him.
“He’s a person I can still learn so much from, let alone the young people who will come in.”
The Sampdoria and Juventus Serie A match will take place at the Marassi on Sunday, with kick-off set for 18:00 (CET).
Allegri’s side will hope to cap off the season by ending their four-game winless run.