It was the last day to tell Agnelli if I was going to join Juventus or reject them. I had not gone out since the day that I arrived, as the press was outside lurking for a picture or a word with me. I picked my phone up and dialed..
"Giorgio? It's me, Pierpaolo. Have the press-conference assigned later this afternoon, I've made my decision."
"What is the decision, then Pierpaolo?" He answered.
"You'll learn at the press-conference.. Like the media." I replied.
A dejected Lugaresi said,"Okay, I'll let you know of the details soon."
I hanged up the call, and dialed Agnelli's number.
He answered and said,"Hello Pierapaolo, have you made a decision?"
I took a deep breath and said,"Yes.. But you will have to be tuned to the news."
I could hear how Agnelli thought of this carefully and agreed to it.
A couple of hours later..
I greeted Lugaresi who seemed anxious to know my answer.. and we sat down, in front of the press, as per usual.
I started talking,"It is true that I have been offered the job at Juventus, after the removal of Allegri earlier this month. I had an interview in Turin and after a week of thinking, I've finally taken a decision, for the sake of my own good and ambition."
I paused for a drink of water and saw all the journalists jotting down what I was saying.
I continued,"My decision is that I will stay Cesena, thus rejecting Juventus. First of all, I would like to thank Agnelli for making me a very good offer and those who took care of me in Turin last week. The decision is based on one sole thing. Cesena have been my home, and had it not been for them, I wouldn't have had that offer of a magnitude. I owe the club so much, the players I have brought in last season and with the season that we are planning, there is so much we could achieve."
The media roared, asking questions, but I just got up and left with Lugaresi by my side.
"Sorry for all that stress, but I didn't want Agnelli knowing." I said.
"Who cares?! GRAZIE PIERPAOLO!." He replied.
I got into my car, where I answered Agnelli's phone-call.
"As much as I felt that you could be the next Juve manager, I can understand your decision to stay at Cesena. Home is where one feels the most comfortable, after all."
"Perhaps in another occasion, Andrea." I said..
"Perhaps.." he replied.
I ended the call and saw the WhatsApp Cesena group chat exploding with joy for my stay. Leaving the press room at the facilities, I was received by the Cesena faithful once again, chanting my name. This is why I stayed, I thought to myself.