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Juventus make Andrea Pirlo’s departure official as Massimiliano Allegri returns

Juventus have confirmed that they have parted ways with Andrea Pirlo and that Massimiliano Allegri has returned to Juventus Stadium after a disappointing season in Turin.

The 42-year-old took over from Maurizio Sarri and was unable to lead the Bianconeri to a successful title defense despite Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana success.

Juve thanked Pirlo for a “special” experience and wished him the best of luck in his future endeavors with the former Italy international now linked with the post at fellow Serie A outfit Sassuolo.

“Thank you, Andrea,” read the Vecchia Signora’s statement. “These are the first words that all of us need to say at the end of this special experience together. 

“Pirlo has just begun the first steps of what will no doubt become a brilliant career as a coach. An adventure of transformation, seeking, and often managing, to bring his ideas and his experience as a champion on the pitch from the ‘other side’ of the fence.

“For all this, for the courage, the dedication, the passion with which he demonstrated every day, our thanks go to the Maestro, the Coach and to Andrea, that really comes from the heart. As well as our good luck for the future that will surely be a wonderful one.”

Pirlo’s failure to successfully defend the Serie A title was the first time since AC Milan won it back in 2010-11 and Juve barely secured UEFA Champions League qualification for next season as well with the threat of punishment from European soccer’s governing body hanging over them after the Super League fiasco.

Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is also expected to leave this summer as Allegri is tasked with turning Juve back into the Italian game’s dominant force and you will be able to follow it all with us on Paramount+.

“Massimiliano is the Juventus manager once more,” read the statement. “Allegri finds a bench that he knows very well, a club that he loves and that loves him back, as today a new journey begins together, towards new goals.

“What he achieved in his first adventure at Juventus are engraved in the club’s history: five Scudetti, to the four-consecutive doubles, coupled with the Coppa Italia and to the two Super Cups, reaching two Champions League finals in just three seasons, in what were epic feats both in Italy and in Europe.

“The beauty of the story, however, is that it never stops. And in football, this means a concept that we have ingrained in our DNA: the best victory is the next one. Always.”

Allegri had previously been linked with Real Madrid and returns to Juve to find that long-serving Chief Football Officer Fabio Paratici has also departed after 11 years.



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