AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri has waded into the debate over how many league titles Juventus has won, claiming that it can indeed boast 31 triumphs - but only if it includes its 2006-07 Serie B crown.
The Bianconeri pipped Allegri's Milan side to the Serie A title last season, with numerous names from the Juve camp coming out to claim that the Old Lady should have 30 top-flight league championships on their record. The 44-year-old Rossoneri coach has now shared his two cents on the controversy ahead of the new campaign.
"Juventus' Scudetti? It has 31; everybody is wrong, because you should also count the Serie B title," he joked.
On Tuesday, Rossoneri CEO Adriano Galliani had appeared to backtrack on his earlier statements that neither Thiago Silva nor Zlatan Ibrahimovic would leave the club when he claimed that "anything can happen before the end of the transfer window", but Allegri was not worried by his employer's vague comments.
"Fortunately, neither of them will go. Otherwise, it would be very difficult to replace them," he continued. "I am not worried by [Galliani's] words. From the outside they can have a certain meaning, but I am calm."
And the former Cagliari boss also stated that he would not swap star forward Ibrahimovic for any striker, even coveted Manchester City man Mario Balotelli.
"Ibra will absolutely become a leader. This season, alongside [Massimo] Ambrosini and Thiago, he will be an example for his teammates. At the European Championship, Mario gave a great demonstration of his growth, but I would not swap Ibrahimovic for anybody."
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