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Friday January 10 2014
Bonucci: I want to win Scudetto

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has declared that he wants to conquer both the Scudetto and the World Cup in 2014.

The 26-year-old also shared his thoughts on the Old Lady’s upcoming fixtures, which include an away day meeting with Cagliari, and a quarter-final Coppa Italia clash against second-placed Roma.

“We still have a few days to think about the Coppa Italia, now the pressing commitment is the match against Cagliari,” Bonucci has commented in conversation today with Sky Sport Italia.

“However, then we will concentrate on what we will contend for at the [Stadio] Olimpico, because it’s still to be seen.

“It’ll be another interesting match and a great challenge between two teams which are rediscovering themselves and putting themselves on the pitch with their own ideas, and it will surely be a great battle.”

Juve’s next League game sees them pitted against 12th placed Cagliari, and Bonucci is not underestimating the Sardinians.

“Of course they will want to cause an upset against Juventus. When you play against the big teams, you always put in that little bit more, and they certainly have some dangerous weapons on the counter attack, because they have interesting players like [Victor] Ibarbo, [Marco] Sau and [Andrea] Cossu, who if you give space can hurt you.

“Therefore, we will need maximum concentration, and a great Juve like we have seen in the last 10 games.”

Having suffered from inconsistency in Turin until the arrival of Coach Antonio Conte two years ago, the former Bari defender has enjoyed an upturn in fortunes, and he reserved special praise for the Leccese tactician.

“I’ve improved so much, however the boss [Antonio Conte] is one who prepares the matches down to the finest details, therefore this helps everyone in the squad to improve, even in simple body posture.

“In these two years, I have definitely made many improvements, and I owe that to him, myself and my character.

“However, I have met a great Coach, and above all a great person on my road.”

Meanwhile, Bonucci has reportedly never thought about leaving Turin, and would only seek a move away if he were no longer wanted.

“No, I don’t have any intention of moving. I have always said that for me it would be an honour to continue at Juventus and to end my career here, because it’s a shirt you are proud to wear.

“Then unfortunately you never know in football - if one day they should tell me that I am no longer part of this great family, I will take act and find another club.”

French international starlet Paul Pogba has had a stellar start to the 2013-14 campaign for Juventus, and has been linked with transfers to Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in recent times.

“It’s right that [Paul Pogba] doesn’t listen too much to voices coming from the outside.

 “It’s normal though, he’s a 20-year-old boy who has done some incredible things in the last two years and it’s right that big clubs should want him.

“However, I hope that Juventus can keep him for another few years, our squad still hopes.”

When asked about his hopes for 2014, Bonucci confirmed that he has big ambitions for the New Year with both club and country.

“Of course I want to be greedy, because I want the Scudetto with the Juventus shirt.

“Then I want to be a protagonist and win the World Cup with the national team shirt.”

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