Allegri ignores Guardiola talk ahead of AC Milan's clash with Juventus

Rossoneri owner Silvio Berlusconi recently revealed a desire to bring the ex-Barcelona man to San Siro, but the current head coach insists his attentions are on Sunday's battle
Massimiliano Allegri is ignoring talk of Pep Guardiola being lined up as the next AC Milan coach, instead choosing to focus his energies on the club's match with Juventus on Sunday.

President Silvio Berlusconi revealed his desire to bring the ex-Barcelona boss to Italy in the near future but hinted that Manchester City are leading the race to appoint the 41-year-old.

However, Allegri has brushed off the comments from his superior and pleaded that his only pressing concern is trying to beat the reigning Scudetto winners this weekend.

"Berlusconi always knows the right words to use; he is very charismatic," the former Cagliari coach told reporters on Saturday.

"His words on Guardiola are not my problem. I'm just thinking about the game tomorrow. It’s not for me to decide who will be the next coach of Milan."

Juventus, who visit San Siro on Sunday, are currently top of Serie A, while Milan languish 17 points behind them in 12th position as of Saturday night.

Allegri acknowledged the point difference and added: "We face the team that is at the top, the one that won the last title.

"They have good players and are well-placed in the league, but we have great self-esteem to serve up a good game and get a result. But we know that we are going to challenge a team that is stronger."

Allegri also responded to a question on the situation of Alexandre Pato, who is understood to be frustrated with life under the Rossoneri trainer.

"His [temperament] is very hot, he must understand that he only needs patience to return to his previous form," the Italian added.

"It’s too premature to talk about his departure, we think just about the football that needs to be played for now.

"But I know that he wants to play and I talked to him. I told him that he must be patient. Robinho? He could play tomorrow."