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Arsenal dealt blow in search for Wenger successor amid speculation of swoop

Juventus director Beppe Marotta has insisted that coach Massimiliano Allegri is happy at the club and has no plans to leave Turin.

Speculation on Sunday, as noted by The Sun, suggested that the Italian tactician had emerged as the top choice for the Gunners as they consider successors for Arsene Wenger.

The Frenchman sees his current deal with the Premier League giants expire at the end of the season, and with no suggestion that a renewal is imminent, it has led to suggestions that he could step down this summer.

Allegri certainly fits the bill for Arsenal given his track record, but Marotta moved to dismiss the rumours and insisted that the Juve boss is content with his current job.

“Allegri has a contract with us and I reaffirm we have an excellent rapport which has brought us great success. We want to continue growing with him,” he told reporters, as quoted by Calciomercato.

“Even without the fact there is a contract, there are no reasons to start creating problems. We are happy with him and he is happy with us.”

Allegri impressed during early spells with Sassuolo and Cagliari, before going on to win his first Serie A title with AC Milan in 2011.

He’s since collected two more titles with Juventus, while also showing his qualities in Europe having guided the Bianconeri to the Champions League final in 2015.

In turn, it would be a smart appointment for Arsenal, but by the sounds of Marotta’s latest comments, they have a job on their hands to convince him to leave Juventus.

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