Champions League potential parting gift from Allegri

Posted by Sumeet Paul

Guiseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty ImagesThe speculation over Massimiliano Allegri's future at Milan has been an unwelcomed distraction for the club hoping to cement a place in the Champions League with a win versus Siena.

Three points separate Milan from confirming their attendance at Europe's biggest party next season, but the headlines this week have again been dominated by speculation over Massimiliano Allegri's future.

It began on Tuesday, with the club releasing an official statement on their website dismissing rumours that he had held talks with Roma about the possibility of taking charge of the Giallorossi next season.

On hearing the reports, his current playing squad leapt to his defence, with Kevin-Prince Boateng suggesting that "there cannot be a Milan without Allegri". While his statement does seem a little far-fetched, it again brings into question whether or not the 45-year-old tactician is seen as the right man for the job by the club hierarchy.

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The controversy was temporarily eased before an apparent "training ground bust-up" involving Robinho on Wednesday. The Brazilian calmed talk of a row, and revealed it was a mere misunderstanding and that both individuals have moved on.

However, then came the real story on Friday with Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi taking centre stage. The politician was reported as saying that Allegri "will go to Roma" and that an announcement confirming the move would come after the game against Siena.

Both Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport have insisted it was merely a joke by the outspoken club chief, but it did little to help focus on matters on the pitch rather than those off it.

Assistant manager Mauro Tassotti added further mystery to the situation by stating that "we'll see in three or four days" as to whether Allegri's future lies at Milanello. Although he quite rightly shifted attention to the most important aspect of this weekend, it is difficult to avoid it being an unwelcome distraction.

The Rossoneri require all three points against an already relegated Siena on Sunday night, as a draw could open up the possibility of allowing Fiorentina to snatch third place.

Given the Viola's superior head-to-head record, should Milan be unable to find a way past Siena, and Vincenzo Montella's side win, then the Rossoneri would be consigned to the Europa League next season.

Riccardo Montolivo returned to training with his teammates on Friday, but it is still uncertain as to whether he will play a part at the Franchi. Following Sulley Muntari's suspension, it would have come as a welcome boost to see the talismanic midfielder return just in time to play a pivotal role as he has done all season.

However, regardless of whether he is deemed fit enough, the Rossoneri will have no excuses come Monday morning should they fail to achieve what had seemed an unlikely ambition in the early stages of the season.

Having gone through a torrid time during the opening months of the campaign, the efforts of both the coaching staff and players should be lauded given their determination to clinch a top three spot.

Whether or not the club decide to show faith in Allegri and move forward with him at the helm next season, he will undoubtedly want to leave them in the best possible position.

There is also the possibility he may decide to walk away, personal opinion hopes that isn't the case, but what better parting gift than a place in the Champions League.

Confident Milan can secure a win on Sunday? Will Allegri stay?

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