Veteran defender Leonardo Bonucci has commented on his future at Juventus amid continued speculation that he could quit Italy for a move to England with Newcastle United.
The 36-year-old called his return to Juve’s Continassa training ground ‘a beautiful day’ despite the various reports that he’s been cut from the Max Allegri’s first-team squad.
It’s been widely reported in recent days that the Bianconeri have informed the Italy stopper that he is no longer in their plans for the upcoming campaign, allegedly deciding not to bring him on their pre-season training tour of the US.
Bonucci only has a year remaining on his contract with the Serie A giants and, with the club looking to cut their wage bill this summer, the centre-back is an obvious choice to be offloaded given that he is one of the highest earners in the squad.
Indeed, there have also been rumours that he has also been left to train on his own.
Bonucci has been linked with numerous clubs since it emerged that Juve were ready to offload, with Newcastle and Maurizio Sarri’s Lazio leading the way for his signature.
However, talks of a move to either MLS or the riches on offer in the Saudi Pro League were always wide of the mark, given that the centre-back wants to retain his place in the Italy squad for Euro 2024.
Bonucci drops vague hint on Juve future
And speaking about being in training at Continassa, Bonucci was not really giving anything away in somewhat of a vague comment on his Instagram page.
He said: “In the end, of men, heart and intentions matter. That’s why today, like every year, is a beautiful day for me.”
Quite whose intentions he is speaking about remains to be seen but it appears almost certain that the experienced defender will be moving on this summer.
Toon boss Eddie Howe is looking at Bonucci to bring in some invaluable experience to his side as they prepare to return to the Champions League this season.
At 36 years of age Bonucci may not be able to cope week in week out with the demands of the Premier League, but Europe is a different matter altogether and that is where the Juve star would likely be utilised most.