Leonardo Bonucci rejected moves to Chelsea and Manchester United due to son’s health

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Leonardo Bonucci was one of the most sought after players in Europe this summer, with reports linking him with moves to both Manchester United and Chelsea.

However, it has now been revealed by Marca that Bonucci turned down a move to the Premier League because of his son’s health.

Bonucci is possibly the best defender in the world game at the moment. The 29-year-old has been a consistent performer for Juventus over the past few years, and has played a key role in their title winning campaigns over the past five seasons.

The Italian centre back was also instrumental in his side’s run to the quarter finals at Euro 2016, including clean sheets against Belgium and Spain. At 29, Bonucci is at the peak of his career, and could be one of the top defenders in the world for years to come.

A move to the Premier League looked on the cards in the summer, with Antonio Conte, who managed Bonucci at both Juventus and Italy, making the move to Chelsea, and making an obvious attempt to improve his backline.

It's now been revealed that he didn’t make the move to the Premier League because of his son’s health. Matteo Bonucci, who is two years old, suffered heart problems and had to undergo surgery during the summer, meaning that Bonucci was unable to consider a move away from the Serie A champions.

There have been rumours that Chelsea are desperate to bring Bonucci to Stamford Bridge in January after some dreadful displays at the back this season. However, it seems unlikely that manager Massimiliano Allegri will be happy to see one of his most valuable assets leave the club, especially half way through the campaign.

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