Juventus' supreme central defender Leonardo Bonucci could have very well become a Manchester City footballer today.
The Italian has revealed that he has held a dream of getting coached by the incredible Pep Guardiola. As a result, he was close to packing his back for Manchester.
"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.
The 34-year-old added to reveal that Guardiola called his phone last year to ask him to come to the Etihad.
"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.
"Becoming a symbol of Juventus again is the most exciting thing I could be doing in my career right now," he concluded.
Meanwhile, Bonucci is expected to feature for Italy as the European champions take on Spain in the UEFA Nations League this week.