Juventus manager responds to reports Chelsea want 30-year-old defender
The Juventus boss rules out Leonardo Bonucci moving to Chelsea in the summer transfer window
Massimiliano Allegri has rubbished the suggestion Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci could move to Chelsea this summer.
The Italy international has been regularly linked with a move to the Premier League champions over the past 12 months or so since Antonio Conte took over the reins at Stamford Bridge.
The 47-year-old brought Bonucci to Juventus from Italian minnows Bari in 2011 before the centre-half won three successive titles under the current Blues boss at the Turin club.
Bonucci, 30, was also a key member of Conte’s Italian team that reached the European championship quarter-finals before losing to Germany on penalties in the last eight.
The Chelsea boss is thought to be keen to improve his defensive options after John Terry left the Premier League champions at the end of the 2016-17 season.
However, Juventus manager Allegri has emphatically ruled out the possibility of Bonucci leaving the Serie A giants in the current transfer window.
“He’s an important player, an extraordinary player and above all he has to understand that he’ll be the future leader of the Juventus dressing room,” Allegri is quoted as saying by the Evening Standard.
Chelsea won the Premier League title with two games to spare last term.
The Blues lifted their first top-flight trophy under Conte but second in three seasons.
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