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Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci admits Premier League move tempted him

Juventus and Italy centre-back Leonardo Bonucci was a player persistently linked with Manchester City this summer. Described by Pep Guardiola as one of his all-time favourite players earlier in 2016, he was reported as a serious target for the Blues during the transfer window. There were multiple reports of bids rejected by Juventus and of his agent flying to England for talks.

In the end, a deal did not materialise, with the 29-year-old deciding to stay at Turin with a club he is adored at.

However, speaking to Mediaset Premium today, Bonucci admitted he had been tempted by a move. He did not specifically name a club, with Chelsea having also shown interest, so he could also have been referring to Antonio Conte’s side.

Bonucci said, “If I said that I wasn’t tempted by an offer from England in the summer, especially for the coach that wanted me, then that would be a lie.”

The Italy star added that Juventus is his home, so he opted to stay, despite the temptation of a new adventure in the Premier League.

City missed out on both Bonucci and Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte this summer, but John Stones has been excellent since signing, Nicolás Otamendi looks a much improved player, and Aleksandar Kolarov has been the surprise package of the Pep Guardiola era so far. Vincent Kompany is also on the verge of his long-awaited return, meaning City are well stocked in the defensive department now.

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