Didier Deschamps says his future remains with France amid speculation he is wanted as the next Juventus head coach.

The Serie A champions have begun searching for a replacement for Massimiliano Allegri, after it was announced he will leave at the end of the season.

Deschamps, who led France to World Cup glory in Russia last year, is reportedly among the contenders for the role.

But at a news conference on Tuesday, the 50-year-old dismissed speculation he could return to Juve, where he was in charge for the 2006-07 season.

"It's a kind question... What am I going to say?" Deschamps told reporters.

"The situation is clear today: my mind, my energy is focused on qualifying for the Euros, and I hope France will play in that Euros.

"It's very clear, even if it's always nice to hear that big clubs are talking about me, and Juventus are among them.

"But my near future is the French team. There are no doors to open - it's crystal clear."

Kylian Mbappe's future has also been making headlines after the France striker hinted he was considering leaving Paris-Saint Germain.

Mbappe was reportedly a target for Real Madrid a year ago and the 20-year-old is again being linked with the LaLiga giants after suggesting he was keen on a "new project".

"Surprised… In today's world, nothing surprises me," Deschamps said when asked about Mbappe's comments. "Information is leaking all the time.

"I'm not used to commenting on what players are saying, whether they are in my team or not. I'll have a chance to talk to Kylian, as happened during our previous gatherings and like I do with other players.

"It is what it is: one day it's him, one day it's someone else. Of course, when it's Kylian, it becomes bigger and more important."

Former Juventus head coach Marcello Lippi hinted to Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino or Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri potentially replacing Massimiliano Allegri at the Serie A champions.

Allegri will leave Juventus after Sunday's trip to Sampdoria and five consecutive Scudetto titles, and talk about who will succeed the 51-year-old in Turin has dominated headlines.

Chelsea boss and former Napoli coach Sarri has been linked with a return to Italy after just one season in the Premier League, while Pochettino has emerged as a possible candidate among the likes of Simone Inzaghi and Antonio Conte.

Sarri and Pochettino will feature in upcoming European finals, with Chelsea to face Arsenal in the Europa League decider (May 29) and Tottenham set to meet Liverpool in the Champions League (June 1) showpiece.

And Lippi – who led Juventus to five Serie A trophies during his time in charge – alluded a coaching announcement could come after the two finals.

"Why hasn't a well-run club like Juventus named the successor to Allegri yet, well it's a difficult decision to make, but perhaps they are waiting for a certain competition to end," the 71-year-old said.

"We'll see if their new coach comes from those involved in either of the all English Finals, then we will understand the reason for the delay of the announcement.

"This year the English clubs are the best in Europe, but these things go in cycles. I think Sarri has a great chance at winning the Europa League, then there is Pochettino whose family is from Piedmont."

Juventus – 11 points clear of Napoli atop the table – drew 1-1 with Atalanta in Allegri's final home match in charge of the club last week.

Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri has been inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) recognised Allegri – who will leave the Serie A champions following Sunday's trip to Sampdoria – following five successive Scudetto triumphs and six in total.

Allegri led AC Milan to Serie A glory in 2010-11 before replacing Antonio Conte at Juve in 2014, resulting in a relentless run of success in Turin, where four Coppa Italia trophies and two Supercoppa Italiana crowns have followed.

The 51-year-old – who has been linked with Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain – received the award from Italian and Juve legend Marcello Lippi in Florence on Monday.

"Allegri is the only Italian coach to have won five Scudetti in a row. In total, he has six league titles, plus four Italian Cups and three Italian Super Cups," the statement read.

"He has already entered history as one of the most decorated coaches, and only at the age of 51. But Allegri will leave a mark because he is a winner who has not lost the sense of the game.

"He is rational and who accepts the irrational, and trains to enjoy the game that, as he says, was and will remain simple."

Allegri added: "I leave a team with a winning DNA. Even today I have the opportunity to thank all those who have worked with me over the past five years, who are valuable people, humans even before being a part of the technical team.

"Now that I have the honor of becoming part of the history of Italian football, I am happy to donate the medal symbolising the closure of this extraordinary cycle."

Carlo Ancelotti wants to stay at Napoli for a further two years despite speculation linking him with Juventus.

Ancelotti has been talked up as a possible replacement for the outgoing Massimiliano Allegri at Juve, though the former AC Milan and Real Madrid boss had an unsuccessful spell as coach in Turin from 1999 to 2001.

However, he has led Napoli to second in his first season in charge and remains committed to the team with whom he signed a three-year contract last May.

"I have a clause on May 30, and I hope Napoli will exercise it," he told Sky Sport Italia.

"I'm tied to the club and I'd like to stay for another two years. I'm happy to be here.

"The coach is always the last to know anything. They always live in doubt. I know sackings are part of our work.

"Experience shows that, for coaches, only results count so planning becomes difficult. I suffered more when I was sacked by Juventus, but then I got used to it."

Napoli thumped Inter 4-1 on Sunday, a result that emphasised the gap between themselves and those fighting for the remaining two Champions League places.

Though they go into the final weekend of the season 11 points behind champions Juve, Ancelotti expressed pride in his team's performances throughout the season.

"There's great sincerity and professionalism in the group. We didn't have anything to play for in our last few games," he added.

"This team have given great signals throughout the season. We lost a bit of ground and some of our quality mid-season, but we regained it in the final stretch.

"I won't single anyone out over where we can improve, but we'll need to apply much more attacking pressure, even if means risking something at the back.

"We need to improve our intensity there. It was worth trying out and we did well against Inter."

Juventus vice-president Pavel Nedved said the Italian champions have not decided who will replace outgoing head coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Allegri will leave Juve after Sunday's Serie A finale against Sampdoria and the likes of Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri and Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi have been linked.

Former coach Antonio Conte, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and France boss Didier Deschamps have also emerged as potential replacements.

However, Nedved told Sky Sport Italia: "There will be some evaluations, we are in no rush and can take our time.

"It won't be easy, we know this era can never be repeated, so it'll be even more difficult.

"So far, we were evaluating what to do with Max, so did not contact any other coaches. We have ideas, including some pretty clear ones, but have made no decisions."

Nedved was speaking prior to Juve's 1-1 draw against Champions League-chasing Atalanta – Allegri's final home match in charge of the club.

Allegri will depart following five successive Serie A titles and a pair of Champions League runners-up medals.

"The club had to make a decision, we made it, I feel this era came to a natural end, without a specific reason. It was a very important cycle and I don't think it will ever be repeated again," Nedved added.

"Max won 11 trophies, almost everything we asked of him, so he deserves only praise and a great farewell. The same goes for [defender] Andrea Barzagli, as it is their celebration.

"There was no one reason, this experience just came to a natural end. Each of us had to say what we felt inside and that's where we ended up.

"Juve need to win trophies, Max did that, so he did a great job."

Massimiliano Allegri is uneasy about the prospect of taking a sabbatical when he leaves Serie A champions Juventus at the end of the season and is keen for a challenge.

Juventus announced on Friday that head coach Allegri was to be let go once the campaign concludes, preventing him from seeing out the final year of his contract in Turin.

Allegri struggled to hold back the tears a day later in his news conference as he discussed the situation, suggesting it was a joint decision before also claiming Juve opted to "find a new coach".

The 51-year-old Italian had been tipped to depart ever since Juve were eliminated from the Champions League quarter-finals by Ajax in April and has been linked to the likes of Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.

The possibility of a break presented itself, though Allegri now appears reticent.

"I'm not especially looking for a year off," he told Sky Sport Italia after drawing 1-1 with Atalanta in his final home game at the helm.

"I'll only take a sabbatical if I have to. Otherwise my plan is to find a project that convinces me. Life is full of surprises and you need to be ready for everything.

"I train with joy and fun, because if I'm not persuaded by the squad at my disposal, I try changing things around, moving players into new positions and trying something different, otherwise I get bored."

Despite Allegri's sadness about departing the club he has been at for five years, he accepts it is probably the right time to move on.

"I spoke with Andrea [Agnelli, Juve president] after Ajax and we had plans to continue [with Allegri as coach], but over the past six weeks or so we all reached the same conclusion," he added.

"We never got onto the subject of contracts or anything like that, but I realised it was right to move on and change, for the good of Juve, otherwise we would risk reaching September or October and encounter problems, so it was best to leave on a high.

"I was told [Juve's decision] on Friday morning. When I left the meeting on Thursday I knew that I was no longer the Juventus coach. I wasn't told, but I knew."

Luciano Spalletti challenged his Inter players to prove they have the gumption to "wear the shirt" as Serie A's Champions League race goes to the wire following their 4-1 dismantling by Napoli.

Inter were comprehensively outclassed by Carlo Ancelotti's Napoli at Stadio San Paolo on Sunday, only becoming a genuine threat in attack once they were 3-0 down away from home.

Piotr Zielinski's stunner was added to by a Dries Mertens header and Fabian Ruiz's brace, with Mauro Icardi's consolation coming via a late penalty.

Inter could have confirmed Champions League qualification with victory, but failure on that front means they head into the final game of the season just a point ahead of bitter rivals AC Milan.

Spalletti's side face relegation-battlers Empoli at home in their season closer and the head coach has thrown the gauntlet down to Inter's players.

"It's a final for us, we need to be ready to play it," he told reporters. "We need to maintain the composure of those who know how to assess things.

"The team played poorly [against Napoli], but our destiny is in our own hands. We need to take to the pitch to win because it's a crucial match for us, we'll either be in or out.

"We need to have the substance, composure and strength that an Inter side should have. You have to know how to withstand this kind of pressure if you wear this shirt."

 

Gennaro Gattuso was thankful for Gianluigi Donnarumma's spot-kick heroics after AC Milan secured a crucial 2-0 win over Frosinone on Sunday.

Donnarumma saved a 50th-minute penalty from Camillo Ciano as part of an electric start to the second half at San Siro.

Krzysztof Piatek and Suso went on to score to wrap up the points for the Rossoneri, whose battle for fourth place in Serie A will go down to the final round of games.

"It was a difficult game, we knew it would be and that Frosinone would come here with the right attitude," Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia 

"We had a scare, we thank Gianluigi Donnarumma for getting us out of trouble and can look to the next game."

Gattuso's position has often come under scrutiny but he believes he can still improve as a coach as Milan aim to seal a Champions League place in next Sunday's finale at SPAL.

"In my view, there has been a lot of chatter and I've been considered on the way out since pre-season," he added. 

"The table talks, look over the last six years at how many points Milan earned and look where we are now.

"I think we did what we had to do. Perhaps we fell away during the period where we had to finish the job and it dragged on longer than expected.

"We reached the Coppa Italia semi-final, went out in the first round of the Europa League.

"Those who need to judge me will judge me. I'll continue this work, I hope to do it at Milan, but either way I think I'm pretty decent and can keep learning. I can do better."

Mario Mandzukic rescued a draw in Massimiliano Allegri's final home game as Juventus head coach, coming off the bench to score the equaliser as the champions drew 1-1 with Atalanta.

Mandzukic slid in at the far post to meet Juan Cuadrado's cross and send the ball through the legs of visiting goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini, denying Atalanta a victory that would have left them on the brink of qualification for next season's Champions League.

What was billed as Allegri's farewell party, and also featured a final appearance at Allianz Stadium for the retiring Andrea Barzagli, failed to provide the home crowd with too many reasons to celebrate, their team failing to win for a fourth consecutive match.

They also ended the game down to 10 men after substitute Federico Bernardeschi was shown a straight red card late in the second half for a dangerous sliding challenge on Musa Barrow.

While a disappointing result in his home farewell will not tarnish Allegri's legacy, the way Juventus' form has dipped at the end of this campaign will make his departure easier to swallow for supporters after five trophy-laden years with him at the helm.

Inter failed to confirm a top-four finish on Sunday as they were crushed 4-1 away to a Fabian Ruiz-inspired Napoli, meaning Serie A's Champions League race will go to the wire.

Luciano Spalletti's side would have secured a place in Europe's elite competition for next season, but they were outclassed by Napoli and go into the final game of the season knowing they could be beaten to fourth by bitter rivals AC Milan.

The visitors offered precious little going forward in the first half and it was no surprise Napoli led at the break, with Piotr Zielinski's stunning 16th-minute strike putting them in front.

Inter failed to stir into life and Dries Mertens' header was added to by a Fabian brace to seal a convincing win in the final 30 minutes, meaning a nervous final match awaits for the Nerazzurri despite Mauro Icardi's late penalty.

Napoli were on the front foot right from the start and deservedly went ahead when Zielinski punished a sloppy Kwadwo Asamoah error by drilling an unstoppable strike into the top-left corner from 30 yards.

Spalletti introduced Icardi for Matteo Politano at half-time, but the Argentina international struggled to have an impact and Napoli made it 2-0 in the 61st minute – Mertens nodding Jose Callejon's cross beyond Samir Handanovic.

Kalidou Koulibaly incredibly got back in time to head a Lautaro Martinez effort off the line in the 68th minute and Napoli capitalised soon after, Fabian collecting Mertens' cut-back and firing home.

Fabian doubled his tally 12 minutes from the end when surging into the box and blasting in from a tight angle, before Icardi netted a late consolation from the spot after Koulibaly clumsily tripped him.

 

What does it mean? Inter with it all to do on the last day

While Inter can console themselves with the fact their fate is very much in their hands, struggling Empoli – who have won three in a row – will not go to San Siro and lie down, knowing they need to secure their top-flight status.

Milan are just a point behind them and in better form. It promises to be an intriguing conclusion to the season.

Fabulous Fabian

Boosted by his recent Spain call-up, Fabian hardly put a foot wrong. The midfielder made four key passes – including the assist for Zielinski's opener – before providing two well-taken finishes to get himself a brace. Inter simply could not handle him.

Politano poses few problems

A virtually anonymous first-half display saw the winger withdrawn from the action at half-time in a thoroughly disappointing showing.

What's next?

Although Inter find themselves in a trickier position than they would have hoped, they will still be favourites against relegation-threatened Empoli at home in their final game of the campaign. Napoli's season comes to a close at Bologna, who are effectively safe from the threat of relegation.

Gianluigi Donnarumma made a crucial penalty save before Krzysztof Piatek and Suso steered AC Milan to a 2-0 win over Frosinone that boosts their Serie A top-four hopes.

After a forgettable opening half at San Siro the game burst into life when Ignazio Abate felled Luca Paganini shortly following the restart.

Donnarumma kept out Camillo Ciano's spot-kick, though, and Piatek showed great movement in the area to end a run of six games in all competitions without a goal in the 57th minute.

Suso's exquisite free-kick put the game beyond doubt and the Rossoneri are now level on points with Atalanta, who face a daunting trip to champions Juventus later on Sunday ahead of the decisive final round of fixtures.

Milan's attempts to force the issue yielded few first-half chances.​ Suso's whipped right-wing cross that Fabio Borini just failed to meet preceded a scuffed volley from Tiemoue Bakayoko.

In stark contrast to a poor first half, the second provided a lively start when Borini fired wastefully over from 10 yards with only the goalkeeper to beat.

That miss appeared more costly when Abate clumsily went into the back of Paganini, but Donnarumma saved his team-mate by keeping out Ciano's effort low to his left.

Milan made the most of the reprieve when the lively Piatek turned home Borini's miscued shot from six yards.

And Suso added a touch of quality to the game with a stunning 20-yard free-kick that hit the crossbar before nestling in the goal.

Donnarumma produced another big save from Luca Valzania's well-struck volley in the closing stages, but Milan were otherwise untroubled.


What does it mean? Milan still alive in the top-four hunt

A superior head-to-head record with Atalanta may still prove crucial in Milan's bid to reach the Champions League. They have now won three in a row and failure to prevail here against a side already consigned to relegation may have been fatal for Gennaro Gattuso's side.


Donnarumma and Piatek to the rescue

Milan must have feared the worst when Gianluca Manganiello penalised Abate and showed a yellow card where perhaps a red was justified. Donnarumma came to the fore when it mattered, though, before Piatek rediscovered his predatory instincts after a lean spell.


Abate let off the hook

Abate looked like he wanted the ground to swallow him up when his miscontrol and follow-up foul on Paganini gifted Frosinone a penalty. Luckily, Donnarumma's huge frame saved his team-mate.


What's next?

Milan's top-four battle goes down to wire with a trip to SPAL, while Frosinone host Chievo before both teams head for the second tier.

Cristiano Ronaldo paid tribute to Massimiliano Allegri and thanked him for an "exceptional" campaign after it was announced the head coach will leave Juventus at the end of the season.

Allegri's future had been in doubt ever since Juve were eliminated from the Champions League by Ajax in April, with the Old Lady initially billed as favourites following the signing of Ronaldo.

But on Friday, Juve announced Allegri would not be continuing next season, despite winning Serie A again and having a year left on his contract.

Allegri struggled to hold back tears as he and president Andrea Agnelli addressed the media for the first time since the announcement.

Agnelli spoke glowingly about Allegri's work at the club and five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo also expressed gratitude for a strong season together.

Ronaldo wrote on his official Instagram account: "Thank you coach, we've only spent one year together but it was exceptional because you are a great manager and a great man. It was a pleasure to work with you."

Allegri's final matches in charge of Juve will see him face high-flying Atalanta and Sampdoria.

Gennaro Gattuso challenged Krzysztof Piatek to focus solely on doing his part for AC Milan as the struggling striker grapples with a goal drought. 

Poland striker Piatek has gone six games without scoring in all competitions, last finding the net in the 2-1 defeat to Juventus on April 6.

The lean streak is a vast departure from the scintillating form that saw him torment opposition defences upon arriving at San Siro in January.

Getting back to basics is the solution, according to his head coach.

"Piatek needs to think about what is good for the team," Gattuso told reporters.

"He has to make himself available and I've seen he's very fired up in that regard."

Piatek has a prime opportunity to find form when Milan entertain already relegated Frosinone on Sunday.

The Rossoneri must win to keep the pressure on rivals Inter and fourth-placed Atalanta in the race for the Champions League places, although Gattuso is adamant finishing fifth would not be a failure.

"Absolutely not," he said. "And not because I want to give myself credit.

"There is regret, because for two months we had our fate in our hands and we lost so many points. But it's not been a failure.

"We must give everything to take as many points as possible from the last two games. Then we'll see."

Gattuso also took the opportunity to praise a former Milan head coach in Massimiliano Allegri, who is on his way out of Juventus at the end of the season.

"History speaks for itself with Allegri in terms of the statistics and what he's won," he said.

"We've argued and embraced each other since we were first together. There have been ups and downs but he's a genuine person and deserves the best. We have a unique relationship."

Massimiliano Allegri will consider offers from other clubs after July 15 as he looks ahead to life after Juventus but will not rule out the possibility of taking a break from football.

Juve announced on Friday that the 51-year-old, who led the club to five consecutive Serie A titles during his five years in Turin, would be leaving after the 2018-19 season concludes next weekend.

Allegri had been linked with Manchester United prior to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer securing the full-time manager's job, while Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea are also said to be interested.

But the Livorno-born coach indicated he needs some time to weigh up his options.

"I don't know what will happen in future," Allegri told a news conference. "I need a little rest, too.

"After July 15 I might inevitably feel the desire to get back to work and I'll evaluate the situations that are proposed.

"Otherwise, I'll have a year to dedicate myself to my family and that band of crazies who are my friends. We'll see."

Juventus play Atalanta in their final home game of the season on Sunday and Allegri said he was looking forward to celebrating with the club's supporters.

He also took the opportunity to hit back at the critics who dubbed his side too defensive, while claiming he does not know the meaning of the phrase "beautiful football".

"It's impossible to play well for 38 rounds," said Allegri. "The important thing is to win even after playing badly, because that is the sign of a great club.

"Hearing people go out after a defeat to say, 'We played well, we finished second and that's fine with me' – that is not my style. There's competition even between kids on the street playing five-a-side, let alone at Juventus.

"I always say there is no shame in defending. The great games and trophies are won by the best defences.

"I still haven't worked out what beautiful football is, nobody can explain it to me and I'd love it if they did. There must be a reason if there are some players and coaches who always win!

"People seem to think it's all about theory now, but this is a profession. Those who win regularly are better than the others – that's all there is to it."

An emotional Massimiliano Allegri revealed the decision to end his successful five-year stint at Juventus was taken out of his hands.

Allegri briefly fought back tears as he fronted the media just over 24 hours on from the announcement that this season will be his last in charge of the Bianconeri.

The Italian confirmed president Andrea Agnelli opted to pursue a new direction following discussions between the pair and vice-president Pavel Nedved on Thursday.

Allegri guided Juve to the Serie A title last month, his fifth at the helm, but failed to translate domestic dominance into a Champions League triumph, most recently losing to Ajax in this year's quarter-finals.

"We had been talking a lot and discussing our thoughts about the future of Juventus and obviously the club made its own assessments and evaluations and realised it was suitable to find another coach instead of me," Allegri said.

"This doesn't change anything. It doesn't change the wonderful relationship I have with the president and the vice-president.

"We have grown a lot, we have grown together. I thought it was the right moment to leave each other.

"I'm convinced I'm leaving a club that is strong and solid with a wonderful group of players from a technical and personal point of view."

He added: "I read some things that were not correct, for example that I had asked for more years on my contract and a complete revolution. We didn't talk about that."

Speaking at the same news conference, Agnelli commended the former AC Milan boss on his achievements since succeeding Antonio Conte in 2014.

He described the decision to sanction Allegri's departure as the "most difficult" of his time with the Turin club, but stood by a call that seemed unlikely when, in April, he hinted at a possible contract renewal.

"At the end of several reflections and our analysis, we identified this as the best choice," Agnelli said.

"Of course it is the club that is responsible for the decision. It's not like Max could renew his contract on his own. These decisions are made by the club.

"Only the future will tell us if these decisions are the right one."

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