Allegri rubbishes Real Madrid rumours

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has vehemently denied reports he is being lined up to replace Zinedine Zidane in charge of Real Madrid next season.

The recent press in Spain has been awash with rumours that interim head coach Zidane has not done enough to secure the job on a full-time basis, resulting in Madrid searching for a replacement for next season and Allegri being named as the leading candidate.

This is despite the fact that Zidane has only lost one of 11 matches in all competitions since taking charge and Allegri being perfectly happy with his job in Serie A with the Bianconeri.

"I've never felt underappreciated in Italy," he told Marca. "I just focus on my work and I'm already at a great club in Juventus. I have a contract here for another year.

"All of this makes me laugh. First, you [journalists] say I'm studying English, then if I'm studying Spanish. For me, it's difficult to learn two languages in two months.

"I'd be better off improving my Italian because it can always be improved, or [regional dialect] Piedmontese."