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Juventus Legend Set To Retire Today As Another Dreams Of Coaching The Club Some Day

Written By Onyeka Daniel

Italian side, Juventus have been undergoing some changes to their squad with the club replacing some of their old guards from their successful years and one of the players affected is Italian defender, Leonardo Bonucci with the players forced out of the club in the summer.

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Bonucci, who moved to Germany has admitted that he dreams of returning to Turin as a coach, also revealing that he was close to joining Real Madrid in 2017 and thanks Andrea Agnelli and Antonio Conte, but not Massimiliano Allegri. The Italian centre-back has already played his last Champions League game as he’s suspended for tonight’s fixture between his Union Berlin side and Real Madrid.

“I am so sorry, surely it would have been my last Champions League game, but it was written it had to end like this,” he told Marca. “I’m embittered because it is a very important game. I think that if we win, we have big chances to qualify for the Europa League.”

Bonucci joined Union Berlin last summer on a free transfer from Juventus. He had been frozen out of the team despite having a year left in his contract. The veteran defender admitted the first period in Germany was not easy. “It’s been a huge change. I am alone because my family lives in Turin. The first month was really difficult, I was alone in a city I didn’t know,” he said.


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“Slowly, I got to know different places, people, a nice group and now everything is easier.” Bonucci was furious about how Juventus treated him last summer and even threatened legal action. “I am more serene now, not as upset as I was this summer, I have to go ahead,” he revealed.

“My time at Juventus was marvellous, I wanted to end my career there, but it didn’t happen. I always wanted the best for the team. I speak every week with many of my former teammates so this proves I was clearly an important figure inside the dressing room. A friend for experienced players and a point of reference for the young players.” Would he like to return to the club one day?

“It’s one of my targets. I want to become a coach and if I achieve it, I want to be in the elite. Juventus are one of the clubs I want to coach,” he admitted. “Juventus have been crucial in my life. I am grateful to Andrea Agnelli, Beppe Marotta, Fabio Paratici, Pavel Nedved, a silent leader, and the coach who changed me and helped me grow Antonio Conte.”

Bonucci was coached by Conte, Allegri, Maurizio Sarri and Andrea Pirlo at Juventus, but argued several times with the Livorno-born coach. For this reason, he left the club in 2017 returning to the club one year later. It is believed that Allegri played a key role in Bonucci’s exit last season. When Bonucci joined Milan from Juventus in 2017, but could have joined Real Madrid instead.

“There are no words to describe Real Madrid. Perhaps the biggest club in the world,” he said. “There was a moment when I came close to joining Real Madrid. It was a dream. I greatly admire all the champions who have played there and now they have a Maestro on their bench, Ancelotti.

“It was in the summer of 2017 after they beat us in the [Champions League] Final in Cardiff. Negotiations between my agent and Madrid had intensified, but we didn’t close the agreement. Ultimately, they signed a younger player and not one in his 30s. It was nice although it didn’t happen. I admire Real Madrid.” He further added.

Meanwhile…

Another former Bianconeri defender Giorgio Chiellini, has reportedly decided to retire and will announce his decision today. Sports journalist, Romeo Agresti reports that the legendary defender will announce his retirement from football today.

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The 39-year-old spent the last two seasons at LAFC and had recently hinted that he could have retired after the end of the season in the MLS. His LAFC side lost the MLS Cup Final on Saturday night. Chiellini scored 36 goals in 561 appearances with Juventus, winning nine Serie A titles, five Supercoppa Italiana and five Coppa Italia.

He also reached the Champions League Final twice, in 2015 and 2017. He captained Italy in the 2020 Euros, won by the Azzurri at Wembley Stadium. Chiellini could return to Juventus after the end of his playing career.

His brother Claudio is already part of the club, working as the Head of Next Gen Area. The legendary defender has also kept a door open to working in the MLS to contribute to the league’s development.

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