Why Bonucci turned down Man United and Man City - (2022)
Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci has revealed that he turned down potential moves to both Man United and Man City in favour of staying in Serie A. Bonucci, who rejoined Juventus this summer after one season at AC Milan, is currently preparing for tonight's clash against Man United – a club he had considered joining before Juve presented him with an offer that he simply could not refuse.
Leonardo Bonucci has been a key figure at Juventus over much of the last decade, winning six consecutive Serie A titles between 2011 and 2017, and featuring in two Champions League finals. Employing superb organisational skills and fearless defending, Bonucci is widely regarded as one of Juve's best ever centre-backs, which is why is came as a huge surprise when he decided join AC Milan last summer.
Despite his obvious talents and considerable transfer fee (€42 million), Bonucci failed to make a significant impact at the San Siro, and just 12 months after leaving Turin, the 31-year-old was resigned by Juventus in a swap deal involving Mattia Caldara.
Ahead of tonight's Champions League clash between Juventus and Manchester United, Bonucci has opened up about his recent transfer back to his former club, as well as detailing attempts to bring him to the Premier League over the last two years.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Bonucci revealed that he had been tempted by a possible move to Manchester, before Juve offered him the chance to return in August.
“Basically, there have been some possibilities, both with Manchester City and Manchester United,” said Bonucci. “With Manchester City, when I received an offer, I actually talked to the club, I talked to Juventus, and we decided it that it was good for me to stay and to keep on winning with Juventus.
“And this when I was told there was a possibility to go back home, to come back to Juventus, I just stopped listening to any other offers and decided to come back here.”
Juventus have gone undefeated in Serie A this season, winning each of the opening eight league fixtures, before dropping points against Genoa at the weekend (1-1). Bonucci has featured in 10 matches for the Old Lady since the start of the season, making an impact in each of their two Champions League victories (2-0 v Valencia, 3-0 v Young Boys).
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