Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri reveals 'extraordinary bond' with controversial Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino

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The Champions League finalist is on for a treble after winning Serie A and the Coppa Italia this season.

The Champions League final has been decided, with Barcelona set to take on Juventus in Berlin later this month for the title of best team in Europe.

Barcelona are always expected to make it this far, but Juve have been perennial underachievers in the competition in recent times.

The man who has finally taken them over the hump is Massimiliano Allegri.

Yet, a little over a year ago, in January 2014 he was rejecting Leeds United's approach for the manager job.

Allegri had previously worked under Leeds owner Massimo Cellino at Cagliari and, according to Football Italia, Cellino wanted to replace Brian McDermott with Allegri at Leeds.

He turned down the offer and since then Leeds have gone through McDermott, Dave Hockaday, Darko Milanic, Neil Redfearn and now have Uwe Rosler in the hot-seat.

Yesterday, Allegri was speaking to the Italian press when he revealed he still has a great bond with Cellino, who had called to congratulate him on winning the Coppa Italia at the weekend. He is quoted by Football Italia as stating:

“I received a very beautiful message from President [Massimo] Cellino. I still have an extraordinary bond with him."

So Cellino can give Allegri a call to congratulate him, but no phone-call to Redfearn to let him know his job has been given to someone else.

Whatever Leeds fans think of Cellino however, he has a pretty impressive friend in Allegri.

The Leeds owner will no doubt be cheering on the Bianconeri in a few weeks time.

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