Thursday January 24 2019
Bonucci: Not the real me at Milan

Leonardo Bonucci admits he was not the ‘real’ him at Milan but assures they let him ‘mature’ and hopes Gonzalo Higuain ‘gets back to being a great player’.

Bonucci lasted just one season at Milan before heading back to Juventus last summer, while Higuain joined Chelsea on Wednesday after a similarly-brief spell at San Siro.

“I’ve matured, I’m now more rational when I make decisions,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“Life brings you experiences that make you grow: I lived through them in a strong way, both on and off the field.

“Today I can say I’m a better man or at least different to who I was in the past. The Bonucci at Milan wasn’t the real Bonucci.

“The past matters little today if it doesn’t teach you to be a better person, so let’s look forward and prepare well for our next few matches.

“I wish Piatek and all of Milan good luck. Regardless of what happened, they remain a wonderful memory for me, an interlude that made me mature, above all on a human level. It’s for that reason that I needed to go home [back to Juve].

“Higuain? He’s a friend and we recently had dinner together. He looked well to me and I hope he gets back to being the great player he is.”

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