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Juventus director confirms they never contacted Pep Guardiola

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Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed Juventus made no contact with Pep Guardiola over replacing Massimiliano Allegri as manager next season.

Manchester City strongly denied claims that Guardiola will join Juventus, despite claims made by the Italian media suggesting otherwise.

It had been alleged the Catalan coach agreed on a four-year deal and would be presented in Turin on June 14.

Speaking prior to Allegri’s final game in charge at Sampdoria this evening, however, Paratici confirmed Juventus haven’t approached Guardiola. He also stated the club “never thought about him.”

“It’s a strange world, this,” Paratici told DAZN on the Guardiola rumours.

“We’ve never had contact with Guardiola and never thought about him. He is under contract, so it all seems very strange. We know this is what our world is like and we have to accept that.”

The Juventus director added: “We don’t need to create headlines or go for one-upmanship, we just have to build the best possible squad.

“We will act in accordance with the directives of our new coach, so must wait for him before we make any moves.

“We have clear ideas and are evaluating the situation. Until all the competitions have concluded, it seems only fair to remain quiet, out of respect for everyone.”

Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri has recently emerged as the reported favourite to replace Allegri. SNAI sportnews claimed that a €7m deal had been verbally agreed on for the next three years.

Prior to taking charge at Stamford Bridge last summer, the Italian had spent his entire 28-year coaching career in his homeland.

Sarri even led Napoli to a second-place finish in the Serie A last season, with just four points separating them from champions Juventus.

Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino, Lazio’s Simone Inzaghi and Bologna’s Sinisa Mihajlovic have all been linked with moves to the Allianz Stadium.

Juventus Training Session - UEFA Champions League Final
BERLIN, GERMANY – JUNE 05: The Juventus club crest on display during a Juventus training session on the eve of the UEFA Champions League Final match against FC Barcelona at Olympiastadion on June 5, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)