Bonucci: “At Milan I didn’t push myself to the maximum”

By Oliver Fisher -

Leonardo Bonucci has revealed that he turned down the chance to move to the Premier League in favour of a Juventus return.

The Italy international spent just one year with the Rossoneri before deciding to return to Turin.

Mattia Caldara arrived as part of a swap deal, and Bonucci has revealed that he only had eyes for Juve once he learned that a return was possible.

“Basically there have been some possibilities both with Manchester City and with Manchester United,” he told The Telegraph.

“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.

“So there was an offer from United at the end of last season? Yes. But there was no chance of you going there once Juventus were interested? 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’.”

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