Massimiliano Allegri fought back tears as he revealed on Saturday that it was Juventus' decision to end his five-year reign during which he guided the Serie A giants to 11 trophies.

"We looked at the future of Juventus and the club decided to move in a different direction next year without me," the 51-year-old told a press conference at the Allianz Stadium.

"But that doesn't change anything. We have grown together and it is the right moment to leave the club in the best possible way."

Juventus have already wrapped up their record eighth consecutive title, which was Allegri's fifth in as many years. He also lifted the Coppa Italia on four occasions since replacing Antonio Conte in 2014, and reached two Champions League finals.

The former AC Milan and Cagliari boss -- who had one year left on his contract -- said he accepted the club's decision as he tried not to cry in front of his team, who were sat in the front rows of the press conference.

"In professional life, there are times when we separate," he said.

The split comes after a reported spat with directors including former Juventus legend Pavel Nedved and Fabio Paratici over what direction the club should be taking.

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