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Juventus superstar: I spoke to Manchester City in 2016 about joining them…

Leonardo Bonucci has confirmed that he had conversations with Manchester City about joining them in 2016 before opting to stay with Juventus.

The Italy defender was one of Pep Guardiola’s first major targets at City, with the Catalan coach publicly declaring he is a big fan of the now 31-year-old.

Bonucci eventually decided to stay in Italy, before making a controversial move to AC Milan a year later, which was a brief affair before his return to Turin this summer.

Speaking ahead of Juventus’ Champions League tie with Manchester United, the centre-back confirmed that not only had City tried to sign him, but also neighbours United.

“With Manchester City when I received that offer (in 2016) I actually talked to the club, I talked to Juventus and we decided that it was good for me to stay and to keep on winning with Juventus,” said Bonucci.

“And this year when I was told there was a possibility to go back home, to come back to Juventus I just stopped listening to any other offers and I decided to come back here.

“So there was an offer from United at the end of last season? Yes. But there was no chance of you going there once Juventus were interested? No.”

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