Former AC Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi and current Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri have moved to quash rumors of a rift between the two after reports suggested they had become embroiled in a bizarre training ground row.
Allegri turned up at the Vismara Centre this week, which hosts the club’s youth teams, to observe training. It was speculated that Inzaghi, who now manages Milan’s youth team, accused the 45-year-old Allegri of not taking his job seriously.
The two men appeared in a press conference on the Milan Channel to dispel the rumours.
“Nothing happened, absolutely nothing,” Allegri said. “There is no problem with Pippo. In fact, there is great collaboration between the first team and the youth sectors. There was an exchange of opinions without any offense or heavy words.”
The 2006 World Cup winner echoed the message by the former Cagliari coach.
“Allegri is right, it lasted for one minute,” he said. “The youth team players didn’t notice anything, because nothing happened. We are Milan and we all love Milan, so nothing like that would have occurred. Rather than writing about things that didn’t happen, Milan need a helping hand.”
Allegri went on to proclaim that Inzaghi has all the attributes needed to be a top manager and even touted him as a potential successor, though he made it clear that he plans to stay at Milan for a long time.
“I hope to remain at Milan for some time to come,” Allegri said. “But I won’t be here forever, and I think that Filippo has all the characteristics needed to have an excellent career as a coach. He’s started from an excellent base and he can do a good job.”