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Leonardo Bonucci claims it was difficult to reject Man City

The defender had the chance to move to the Etihad Stadium last summer

Leonardo Bonucci has revealed it was hard to turn down a move to Man City last summer.

The defender has been a target for a number of top clubs over the past few seasons, with Chelsea recently keen to bring him to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues boss, Antonio Conte, worked with the centre-back for the Italy national team and was keen to secure a reunion.

No deal transpired though and it was a similar case last summer when Man City also tried to tempt him away from Juventus.

Stayed in Serie A

Pep Guardiola was in negotiations with Juventus over a potential deal but rather than move to the Premier League, the defender decided to stay in Italy.

Despite signing a new deal with Juventus, interest in Bonucci still remains high due to his superb performances in Serie A.

Reflecting on the offers from Man City, the player himself has claimed it was hard to turn down a move to England but he is happy at Juventus and was happy to stay at the club.

Speaking to Sky Italia, he said: “It (turning down City) was not a decision I took lightly.

“When one of the best coaches in the world shows so much appreciation and respect, it is hard to say no.

“My heart prevailed. I’m playing for one of the biggest teams in Italy and the world, and we can win in Italy and Europe.”

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