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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Arsenal-linked Juventus coach Allegri jokes: How's my English?

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has played down speculation that he will take over from Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, insisting he has not started learning English again.

Allegri is the favourite, ahead of Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe and Borussia Dortmund's Thomas Tuchel, to take over from Wenger if he calls it quits at the end of the season when his contract expires.

While the Frenchman claims he will continue his management career, Allegri is not thinking about a move to the Premier League and is content to just listen to the mounting gossip.

"How's my English?" he joked with reporters after Juventus beat Palermo 4-1 on Friday night. "I started learning before [my time at] Milan -- now I have left it. They say I will go to Arsenal? You all say that, I just listen."

Juventus won their 29th consecutive home Serie A match with two goals and an assist from Paulo Dybala, and Allegri added that he was pleased his team are one step closer to winning the title.

"The lads ended the first half 2-0 up despite not playing well," Allegri said. "But we had a good game, even if we granted Palermo a few too many shots from outside the box. It was a league match and we got three points which are just as valuable as the ones we got against Inter.

"It is one game less to winning the Scudetto and I congratulate the lads for the way they approached the game."

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