MAURIZIO SARRI’S Chelsea future is under rising pressure after Massimiliano Allegri hinted he could leave Juventus.
Allegri has been increasingly linked with Stamford Bridge in recent weeks, although current boss Sarri has now lifted the Blues back up to third in the Premier League.
Juventus are poised to clinch their eighth Serie A title in a row – the fifth since Allegri arrived in 2014.
But after believing the former Milan manager was happy to stay for the long haul, Juve are now growing worried he might seek a new challenge.
After Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Ajax in the Champions League quarter-final first leg, Allegri raised eyebrows by saying: “My future? A coach does not last forever.”
His comments were particularly concerning for Juve as his previous public statements suggested he was keen to stay at the Allianz Stadium indefinitely.
Just last month, the 51-year-old said: “I would love to be compared to [Sir Alex] Ferguson, because it would mean staying for many years at Juve.”
Sarri, meanwhile, has yet to win over either Chelsea fans or players with his patient style of passing.
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And his task would become even harder if, as expected, star man Eden Hazard clinched his dream move to Real Madrid this summer.
Nonetheless, ex-Napoli chief Sarri, 60, insists he can win supporters round by winning the Europa League.
So tonight’s quarter-final first leg away to Czech side Slavia Prague is a far bigger game than such a prospect might have seemed earlier in the season.
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