Speaking in an exclusive interview with Marca, Massimiliano Allegri discussed several topics including Zinedine Zidane, Diego Simeone and taking over at Real Madrid.

On life without coaching

I’ve been charging my batteries and enjoying time with my family and life in Livorno with my friends.

On his next job

I’m looking for a club with a project I can work with and which has the ambition to win. I don’t really care where it is.

On coaching in La Liga

Who would say no to this question? No-one.

On Inter striker Lautaro Martinez moving to Barcelona

Lautaro has all the qualities to succeed. He’s doing very well with Inter right now, but we’ll see if he can show that at the Camp Nou someday.

On the difference between La Liga and Serie A

There is more pleasure playing in La Liga, no matter the result. After conceding a goal, teams keep playing. In Italy, on the other hand, there is much more attention to detail regarding the game and the tactics around it.

On Spanish coaches he admires

Pep obviously and Luis Enrique a lot.

On Zinedine Zidane

The strength he’s shown in finding the balance of a team full of talent and ability. The positioning of Casemiro has been a tactical masterclass.

On Diego Simeone

I like his ability to create empathy within the group. Diego and his team are a unique match. I don’t know any other coach capable of achieving what he has.

On being linked to the Real Madrid job

Two years ago, there was contact, but nothing came of it because I had a contract with Juventus. In addition, I had a strong moral commitment to the club and its fans.