Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has revealed that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wanted to sign him last year.
Bonucci remained at the Serie A side, and also revealed that he could have gone to City in 2016 and in 2017 when he joined AC Milan for a season instead.
"I had this dream of being coached by Pep,” Bonucci told The Athletic.
“The closest we came was in 2016. I was on the brink of joining City. We were down to the very last details then Juventus decided not to sell."
"We decided to stay together. Then, when I went to AC Milan, I could have gone to City but several things had to fall into place for it to happen. I’d also given my word to Milan. Last year, I spoke to Pep again.
"He wanted me but I told him: ‘Juventus is my home. I’m happy here. I feel at home here’. I wanted to make up the ground I lost by going to Milan for a season."
Leonardo Bonucci: “I had this dream of being coached by Pep. The closest was in 2016. I was on the brink of joining #ManCity. We were down to the very last details then Juventus decided not to sell. We decided to stay. Then when I went to AC Milan I could have gone to @ManCity…”— City Xtra (@City_Xtra) September 29, 2021