New Juve deal for Bonucci

Leonardo Bonucci has revealed he turned down a move to Manchester United to return to Juventus.

Leonardo Bonucci has signed a contract extension at Juventus and is now tied to the club until 2024.

The centre-half initially joined the Italian giants from Bari nine years ago but left for Serie A rivals AC Milan in 2017 before returning to Juve the following year.

The 32-year-old has managed 57 appearances across all competitions during his second stint with the Italian champions, weighing in with four goals, and has managed nearly 400 outings for Juve in total.

The Italy international has won seven Serie A titles and three Coppa Italia crowns during his time with Juve and is a true stalwart of the Old Lady.

Bonucci has managed 12 league appearances for the Turin club this season, with one goal so far, and has formed a strong partnership in the heart of defence with summer capture Matthijs de Ligt as he guides the former Ajax man in his early period in Serie A.

Juventus are the current leaders in Italy’s top flight once again as they chase what would be a ninth straight Scudetto success but they face real competition from Inter Milan, managed by former Juve boss Antonio Conte, this season.

The Bianconeri hold a one-point lead over the Milan club going into the next round of fixtures but will be boosted by the news Bonucci remains committed to the cause for the long term.

Juve face a tough trip to Atalanta in the early kick-off in Serie A on Saturday, while the Nerazzurri also have a tricky clash later the same day as they travel to Torino.