Chelsea target Leonardo Bonucci has apparently wanted a move to Manchester City in summer to play under Pep Guardiola.

The Italian defender had expressed his desire to play for Spanish mastermind this summer and had contacted Manchester City about a possible transfer to the North West club.

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Antonio Conte had set Bonucci a prime target for Chelsea after the Euros earlier this year as the former Italy and Juventus manager admired the player’s credibility and had a good work relationship with him.

Despite signing a contract extension earlier this season until 2021, Manchester City remain interested in signing the veteran centre-back in the summer.

It was known Guardiola would bring in some players soon after his arrival, Bonucci was not on his list in the beginning and City’s chief executive Ferran Soriano claimed that it was Bonucci, and not Guardiola, who initiated discussions about a potential move.

“At the moment there are a lot of players that want to play under Pep. The Italian central defender [Leo] Bonucci wants to play for him and he called us.”

Soriano told Barcelona-based radio station RAC1.

“I called the Juventus sporting director and he told me they didn’t want to sell. There ended the story!”

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Bonucci had been an integral part of Juventus’ squad for the past few years that won the Italian Serie A 5 times and has helped set a magnificent defence for the Turin club and it is no surprise that Juve were resilient to let off a very big player go.

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