Leonardo Bonucci has reportedly made his peace with manager Massimiliano Allegri after a recent dispute, which ultimately saw the veteran defender being left out of the club’s recent Champions League tie against Porto.
The news will certainly come as a blow to both Chelsea and Manchester City, who have been targeting the Italian’s signature in over the past few months. Bonucci is widely tipped as one of the finest central defenders right now, having won Serie A six times.
He was involved in an ugly spat with Juventus boss Allegri during a 4-1 league win against Palermo in February, as he was visibly frustrated by his manager’s choice of substitutions.
Allegri was heard shouting “shut up d*ckhead, f*** off,” at the defender during the match, with the spat ending when Bonucci sprinted off down the tunnel just after the match ended, without waiting for team-mates.
Allegri, who has himself been widely linked with a move away from the Juventus in recent weeks, then dropped the defender for the Porto match.
Bonucci had earlier increased speculation of a move away from Serie A by telling reporters that “I am owned by this club and the club will decide whether or not to sell me.”
But in a recent interview with Tuttosport his wife, Martina Maccari, said that the pair has successfully sorted out the problems.
“His argument with Allegri? I was sorry to see him in the stands, sitting on a stool, because I know how keen he is to play,” she said.
“The important thing, as both have said, is that things have returned to normal. Leonardo is very calm.”
She also apparently confirmed in the interview that Bonucci was offered to Manchester City by third parties last summer. But according to Maccari, the discussions whether they should move to England did not last particularly long.
“Manchester City? Obviously we talked about it between us,” she added. “The ‘ go or not go’ discussion lasted a day,” she added.