Future Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte and supposed Chelsea transfer target Leonardo Bonucci addressed the media ahead of Tuesday's international friendly between Italy and Germany.
While Conte was busy reiterating his plans to return to club management after the conclusion of Euro 2016 — though he did not comment or was not asked about the recent Daily Mirror-sourced invention of interest from AC Milan — Bonucci had to field a few questions regarding his own future, too, following recent rumors that he would follow the man sitting next to him on the podium to Chelsea this summer.
"The most I've followed him to is a coffee."
"I don't know what the boss will do, but I've signed a renewal with Juventus [until 2020] and I'm honestly only thinking about the Bianconeri."
Any good coffee shops around Stamford Bridge? And I don't mean the Starbucks...
"Conte is the coach who forced me to make that leap, ever since he arrived at Juventus. At the start we had some disagreements, because when I arrived in Turin I definitely wasn't in the best shape after a wedding and a honeymoon. But I have to say, he taught me so much on a technical level. If today I'm one of the best in Europe, then a good part of that is down to the boss."
-Leonardo Bonucci; source: FourFourTwo
Bonucci is indeed one of the best in Europe, and would've been the ideal, ready-made replacement for John Terry. That said, we do have some promising young talents coming up in the position, including Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen. If Conte can force either of those two to make the same proverbial leap, we'll be set for several years.