Premier League target Bonucci claims he’s staying at Juventus
Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has confirmed he started obtaining English lessons last year but dismissed suggestions he’s about to move to a Premier League club.
Bonucci has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester City, and speculation more than his future escalated following a touchline row with Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri, which led to him getting dropped for the 2-0 first-leg win over Porto in the Champions League round of 16.
The 29-year-old claims to have made amends with Allegri, and when asked about his predicament following Juve’s 1-1 draw at Udinese – in which he scored his side’s equaliser – he insisted he wants to honour his contract.
“It’s each of the very same as before,” he told Sky Sports Italia. “I continue to fight for Juve and when required I can contribute using a goal.
“I am owned by the club. I have a contract with Juve to 2021 and really feel vital for the group, so I don’t see why there must be a problem.
“If I wanted to leave Juventus, I would’ve pushed to accomplish it last year, as I had essential offers more than the summer time and had currently started studying English.
“I am important towards the group, but as we saw in Porto, nobody is indispensable. No one ought to feel comfortable right here, as we want to give 100 per cent in just about every education session to earn our location.”
Bonucci took centre stage in Udine, exactly where he was outmuscled by Duvan Zapata ahead of Udinese took the lead, but then headed the Bianconeri’s equaliser just after an hour.
Despite playing a crucial function in earning Juventus a share of your points, the Italian international was critical of his own performance.
He stated: “We lowered the intensity level and consequently the ball did not move about as immediately as usual, so it has to serve as a lesson to us. Despite it all, we still improved our lead [at the major of Serie A] to eight points and that is critical.
“I live for the victory, I can’t aid myself. Even though the result is eventually good, I have regrets that we did not give one hundred per cent, specially within the 1st half. I can not stand these slip-ups.”