Montero: Zidane or Conte being at Juventus would be no surprise

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Paolo Montero wouldn’t be surprised at all to see big names like Zinedine Zidane or Antonio Conte in charge of Juventus next season.

The future of current manager Massimiliano Allegri is in doubt due to the Italian’s reluctance to confirm his plans come to the end of the season.

Despite being contracted at Turin until June 2020, Allegri has been linked to fellow Serie A side Inter Milan with the club’s new director Beppe Marotta allegedly keen on naming him as Luciano Spalletti’s replacement.

The duo previously worked together at Juventus for four years before Marotta left at the end of October.

Speaking in a press conference last week, Allegri announced that talks over his future plans with Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli had been put on hold until the summer.

Therefore, former Real Madrid manager Zidane has been touted as the favourite to succeed Allegri at Juventus for the start of next season.

The Frenchman previously played for Juventus between 1996 to 2001 and won two Serie A titles along with the 1998 Ballon d’Or award while at Turin.

Another potential candidate is Conte, who enjoyed trophy-laden spells at Juventus as both a player and a manager.

The 49-year-old, who left Chelsea last summer, won the first three of Juventus’ seven consecutive Serie A titles before Allegri took charge in 2014.

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“Would I be surprised to see Conte or Zidane next season? Not at all,” Montero told Goal.

“Juventus have reached a very high level and if they change their coaches, they will certainly take a top one.

“Zizou and Antonio are two winners, they know the environment very well, they are both important names.”

The Uruguayan does, however, insist that Allegri will continue to bring success if he was to remain in charge of Juventus.

“Is it difficult to follow the same coach for five years?” said Montero.

“No, I don’t think so. We had Marcello Lippi for a long time and the focus has always been very high, the strength of the club is very big, and Juve are a very powerful club.

“Every day at Juventus they make you understand the importance of the club, the goals you need to achieve.

“You cannot go wrong. If you make a mistake, they immediately buy someone else in your place. It’s a matter of mentality.”

Montero is a former defender who made 278 appearances for Juventus between 1996 to 2005 and won four Serie A titles, three Supercoppa Italianas and the UEFA Super Cup.

TURIN, ITALY – MAY 18: Juventus FC head coach Antonio Conte salutes during the Serie A match between Juventus and Cagliari Calcio at Juventus Arena on May 18, 2014 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)