Tuesday May 27 2014
Bonucci hails Prandelli extension

Leonardo Bonucci believes that Cesare Prandelli’s contract extension with the FIGC can only be good news.

The Italian national team Coach confirmed on Monday that he had signed an extension with the federation to stay on until the European Championships in 2016.

And the defender has claimed that that consistency will help going into the World Cup this summer.

“Prandelli’s renewal is great news,” he told a Press conference. “We’ve been on an exciting path and we hope to keep growing.

“The second place at the Euros [in 2012] and the third place at the Confederations Cup were, in large part, down to the Coach and his staff.

“For many us, this is going to be our first experience of a World Cup. And as Prandelli said, we have to be united, together as a group.

“It’s been a long and tiring season, but playing in a World Cup is a great motivation for any player.”

The 27-year-old then commented on his future at Juventus and Antonio Conte’s decision to stay on as Bianconeri boss.

“I’ll think more about Juve after the World Cup, but I think we’re all delighted that he’s decided to stay on.

“My future is very simple – I want to stay at Juve. When the club don’t want me, that’s when I’ll make new plans.

“But right now, my only thought is to stay with Juventus.”

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