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Leonardo Bonucci extends Juventus stay

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Juventus have confirmed that centre-back Leonardo Bonucci has agreed a long-term deal with the club, reports ESPN. 

The 28-year-old defender, who was a mainstay in the Juve team last season during their Serie A title victory and their Champions League route to the final, has put pen to paper on a new five-year deal keeping him in Turin until at least 2020.

Juventus Career

The Italian international has been with The Old Lady since moving from Bari back in 2010, and since then he has gone on to make 162 Serie A appearances for the Italian champions.

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During his time with Juventus, he has won four Serie A titles, one Coppa Italia, two Supercoppa Italiana's and a Runners-up medal in the Champions League.

After signing the new contract, Bonucci spoke to the club's official website and revealed his delight at extending his stay with the club.

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Player Statement

"I was delighted when Juve came calling in 2010, just as I am now. It's down to us to begin an even more successful era," the centre-half said.

"It's the start of a new era. I'm here to offer my years of experience to help those who have joined the club.

"Juventus have a long-term plan. We're seeing a new generation coming through with quality young players.

"I've had plenty of great times in these past four years. The goal against Roma was an important moment.

"Winning a fifth Scudetto in a row will be tough but we've got the right motivation to tackle this challenge."

Club Statement

As well as the player statement, the club also released a formal statement which read: "Fearless in the tackle, possessing a fine tactical mind and confident with the ball at his feet, Leo has all the attributes required of a top, international defender."

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