Leonardo Bonucci, who essentially confirmed his status as the most highly rated and highly coveted center back in football during Euro 2016, has revealed that despite all the strong words about staying at Juventus this summer, he was, at least for a moment, tempted by an offer from England. While he doesn't exactly reveal which team made the offer, we can safely narrow it down to Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs.
"If I said that I wasn't tempted this summer by an offer from England, above all for the Coach that wanted me, then that would be a lie."
"But Juventus is my home and I am happy to have remained. My dream was to win with this shirt and now I am here, ready to improve as a player and challenge myself to make this team become a legend."
-Leonardo Bonucci; source: Mediaset Premium via Football Italia
Both Chelsea and City were rumored to have submitted £50m bids, while according to the Manchester Evening News, Bonucci was also at the top of Mourinho's wishlist at United. Alas, given the second part of that quote, it does not appear that the 29-year-old, who's set to sign a contract extension at some point in the near future, will be moving anytime soon. Or ever.
Commendable loyalty, and yet another reason to admire the man. I guess we'll just have to make do with our own players and develop similar bonds with the likes of Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen and whoever else may come along from the Academy.