Friday July 21 2017
Bonucci: 'The last Juve straw'

Leonardo Bonucci reveals being sent to the stands against Porto was “just the final straw” and he didn’t “feel important” at Juventus, prompting his Milan move.

The defender surprised Serie A viewers with a €42m transfer to San Siro after seven years in Turin, where rumours continue to swirl about the breakdown of his rapport with Coach Max Allegri.

“Having discussions over the years is normal, as I am someone who is very direct and always speaks the truth,” Bonucci told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The first major signs of trouble were in February, when he was sent to the stands for a Champions League game against Porto after a blazing row with Allegri on the touchline during the 4-1 win over Palermo.

“People thought that was the most striking thing, but in truth it was just the final straw: there had been other situations before that.

“To give 100 per cent, I need to feel important, something that at Juventus was recently happening only in fits and starts.”

Bonucci is well aware he’ll be jeered by Juve supporters when Milan face them this season.

“They ought to know that, just like the insults I received when wearing the Bianconeri shirt fired me up, it’ll be the same if they jeer me.”