Bonucci Wants A Juventus Return, Confirms Milan Director

Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon lifts the trophy as the Juventus players celebrate winning the league.

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AC Milan Director Leonardo has admitted that Leonardo Bonucci wants to make a return to Turin. 

Milan have averted some crisis over the past couple of weeks. Earlier this summer, they were handed a one-year ban from European competitions as they violated the Financial Fair Play rules.

With no Europa League to play in, their players became vulnerable to offers from top clubs across the continent. Club captain Leonardo Bonucci was one such player, as he was linked with a move to Manchester United.

But Milan’s appeal in the CAS court was successful, and the European ban was subsequently lifted. However, talks around Bonucci haven’t been stopped.

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The Italian defender seems to no longer trust in the project of helping AC Milan recover their former glory, and is eyeing a move elsewhere. In a recent interview, club sporting director Leonardo admitted that Bonucci is, indeed, eyeing a move to Juventus.

“I’ve met some people, not just those from Juventus,” the 1994 World Cup winner said. “The desire [to talk to Juve] started with Leonardo Bonucci, so if we can, we’ll make it happen. We have no objection to it.”

But the Bianconeri don’t seem interested in re-signing the player. Juve CEO Beppe Marotta revealed that his team is full in the defensive department, and they aren’t looking to make any additions this summer.

“We spoke with Leonardo, he told us that Bonucci has great memories about Juventus. I know Bonucci wants to return to Juve, that’s what AC Milan told us,” Moratta told Sky Sport.

“Right now our defence is full, we have a great relationship with Bonucci and there is mutual respect. As of today, however, we are ok.”