Premier League giants Chelsea and Italian champions Juventus have had contrasting seasons in their respective leagues but that has not deterred speculations of possible transfer activities between the clubs ithis summer.
However, Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci has admitted that there is little chance of him reuniting with Antonio Conte at Chelsea this summer.
Conte is favourite to be at the helm of Stamford Bridge following the departure of interim boss Guus Hiddink at the end of the season and hence it is believed the Italian head coach would like to bring some of his favourite players from his former club.
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The 28-year-old defender was one of the first names linked with the English champions after their dismal campaign both domestically and in Europe but the Italian international now looks set to stay at the Old Lady.
PRAISING NATIONAL TEAM BOSS
Speaking ahead of Italy’s friendly against Germany, Bonucci was quoted by Daily Mail, saying: “He’s [Conte] the coach who took me onto the next level, right from the day he arrived at Juve.”
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He also revealed that he was able to learn more about the tactical side of the game majorly under the 46-year-old manager and hailed the boss for guiding him to be among the best in the world today.
“We had a few disagreements at the very start, partly because I wasn’t in good shape, but he taught me a lot on a tactical level. If I am one of the best today, part of it is down to him.
“The most I’ve followed him to is to get a coffee. I don’t know what the boss will do, but I’ve signed a renewal with Juventus and they are all I am thinking about.”
The Italian international signed a new deal with the Old Lady in July last year, a contract that lasts until 2020.
Taking into consideration Bonucci’s age as well as his recent contract extension, Chelsea might not be inclined to do business if they are to stick with their policy of offering players aged over 30 just one-year deals each season.
Any short term contracts are highly doubtful to be agreed with the player himself who is currently very comfortable at the Serie A champions.
IN SEARCH OF SUCCESSOR
Club veteran John Terry is set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer and the Londoners are actively scouting for an ideal replacement of the centre-half.
Manchester City, too, are also closely monitoring the situation but there is every likelihood Bonucci will be staying in Turin.
Rated highly among his peers, Bonucci’s good anticipation skills, strong tackling, alongside his aerial abilities and posing a threat from set-pieces makes him one of the most all-round centre-halves in Europe.
It remains to be seen who Chelsea can lure to the capital, as it will be hard for them to convince players to make a move without providing any European football next term.