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Allegri: My future not in question

Massimiliano Allegri has rubbished reports that he will could be sacked by Milan at the end of the season.

The 45-year-old says his focus is solely on securing a top-three spot in Serie A and a place in next season’s Champions League.

Pep Guardiola was linked with the manager’s job at San Siro before he agreed to join Bayern Munich but Allegri insists he will remain in charge and that he does not pay attention to the speculation surrounding him.

“At the moment if I was to say that I had the time to read all the things being written, I’d be lying,” Allegri said.

“I’m focused on third place. The season started in a certain way and now we are where we are and we’re playing for Champions League qualification.

“I don’t think my future is in question. You can’t reduce a coach’s role to the last five games. As always in any case, regardless of what I want to do, the choice will be made by the club and more specifically, the president.

“The work done here in the last three years has been good and I think a third-place finish would be a good achievement.”

Allegri emphasised the importance of defeating Catania on Sunday and believes it will play a big role in who will claim a coveted European spot.

He added: “It’s fundamental for third place and the support from the fans will be important. The game will have a big effect on who finishes third in Serie A.

“As far as the fixture list goes, I think tomorrow’s game is the key to the last five matches. We’re at the end of the season and games at this stage are different.

“We’ll have to play well and make as few mistakes as possible. We have to win.”
Sat 27 Apr, 2013
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