Leonardo Bonucci reveals he rejected transfer offers from Manchester United and Manchester City to be at Juventus
The Italy international left AC Milan after just one season in order to 'go back home'
Leonardo Bonucci has revealed he declined the opportunity to sign for both Manchester City and Manchester United in order to be at Juventus.
The Italy international left the Old Lady in 2017 to play for AC Milan, but decided to move back to his former side after just one season.
However, Jose Mourinho also made an unsuccessful offer to sign the centre-half in the summer and rivals City have also tried in 2016.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, the 31-year-old said: “Basically there have been some possibilities both with Manchester City and with Manchester 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.
“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.”
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Asked to clarify if there had been interest from the Red Devils this summer, he replied: “Yes.”
When asked if there was any chance of him completing the move after Juve made their interest clear, he said: “No. I feel at home. Here I really do my best, I just push myself to the maximum and that’s something at Milan I really didn’t manage.
“I didn’t succeed to achieve and that was probably because in my heart I had already made the decision that I wanted to go back home.
“The decision was not made until June but it’s true that I had this feeling inside me. So when my agent told me there was a tangible opportunity to go back I just stopped listening to anyone telling me what to do.
“I stopped listening to any kind of suggestion and I just said: ‘OK, let’s go home.’”
Bonucci is expected to line up against the Red Devils when Juventus face United at Old Trafford in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo is also expected to make his return to Manchester after having his suspension limited to just one game after being sent off against Valencia in his European debut for Juve.
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