Massimiliano Allegri has revealed he will wait until next summer to make his return to football, with Arsenal reportedly keen on the former Juventus boss.
The 52-year-old is one of the favourites to succeed Unai Emery in the permanent Emirates Stadium hotseat, with Freddie Ljungberg leading the Gunners to a draw with Norwich and a shock defeat to Brighton in his first two outings as interim boss.
Manchester United have also been linked with an interest in the six-time Italian league winner, with big doubts over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s long-term future in charge.
But Allgeri has said he has no plans to take a job mid-season and intends to see out the one-year sabbatical from football he planned when he left Juve last summer.
However, the Italian chief has confirmed he is currently taking English lessons, which will fuel the rumours he is eyeing a move to the Premier League.
Asked when he will start considering his options for his role role, Allegri told ESPN: “In June.
“I don’t know if you can call it a sabbatical or not. Giovanni [Branchini] and I immediately came to that decision.
“As soon as the relationship with Juventus came to an end the decision was to take a year out.
“I had 18 years as a player and I’ve been in coaching for 16. I stopped this year after 34. I’m happy.
“I have a chance to reflect, go and talk to people, do things in my private life that I’m passionate about like going to the theatre, some art exhibitions, reading books.
“Next year will be an important year. Important for the choice I end up making and the need to be prepared for it,” he said.
“After a year out and five years at Juventus, I don’t want to go back into the game and do badly. That would do my head in.”
Allegri left Premier League clubs on alert by admitting his English has improved a lot during his year out.
The manager – who won Serie A five times in a row with Juventus and once at AC Milan – said: “I am taking lessons here in Milan. I manage to speak quite well. I find the listening part a bit more difficult.
“If I’m talking to someone who helps me out by speaking a little slower then I understand. I watch films [in English] and if I read something in English I understand it fine.”
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