Massimiliano Allegri has "100%" ruled out becoming the next Chelsea manager. The 48-year-old Italian, who is currently in charge at Juventus, has been repeatedly linked with the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge.
However, he has reaffirmed his commitment to his current employer, seemingly setting the table for Italy boss Antonio Conte to take up the coveted role. "Next year I'll still be coach of Juventus, because I still have another year on my contract," the reported Chelsea target said, according to the Daily Mirror.
Allegri is rumoured to have been on Chelsea's shortlist to replace interim boss Guus Hiddink, but the Italian insisted there has never been any contact between himself and the club. "It's 100% [certain], there's never been anything [with other clubs]," he said.
Allegri's countryman Conte is now widely expected to become the next Chelsea manager, once he has led Italy at the 2016 European Championship in France. Hiddink recently insisted he had no influence in the club's final decision, but urged the Chelsea hierarchy to be as "transparent" as possible about the move.
"You have heard more than me because that's your job. I'm not involved in this and that's all you'll get from me. I'm in favour that when things are done, you make it transparent," the current Chelsea boss said. "Of course this club is searching now. They like experienced managers and there are a lot. It's up to them to make up their mind, to make their decisions."