Former Juventus star Leonardo Bonucci has explained why he decided to reject Manchester City and Pep Guardiola’s offer in 2016.
The 36-year-old Leonardo Bonucci, who played for Juventus for 12 years on two occasions, left the club last summer.
Bonucci joined German club Union Berlin, but has been linked with a move to AS Roma in January. Recent reports suggest that Roma has decided to not sign Bonucci and the Italian defender is in negotiations with Genoa.
Bonucci stated, “In 2016, Man City and I were close. They offered almost £100million [circa €115m] to Juventus. but together with the club, we decided to continue,”
Bonucci admits playing under Pep Guardiola would have helped him to improve, but he has no regret over the failed transfer. He joined Milan for €40m deal in 2017 but returned to Turin a year later.
He added: “There were talks in 2017, too, after Juventus put me up for sale. In the end things had to go that way.”
“Being managed by Guardiola would have been a great achievement because he would have improved me but I can’t complain because I won many trophies, individual awards and the Euros.”