Allegri Addresses Bonucci Controversy with Stern Words

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri spoke candidly about the Leonardo Bonucci saga. The defender has been frozen out at the beginning of the summer. The coach stated that he had been informed of the decision a while back in an interview with DAZN (via TuttoSport).

“I’m sorry it ended this way. However, we have been clear with him since last February. The management and I chatted with him several times. We told him he should either retire or move to another team. When you get to 35/36 years and made history at Juventus, as he has over 500 appearances, you wish to be on the pitch even on one leg. He gave a lot to the team but also received.”

Allegri understands the difficulty in making the call and offered Bonucci some advice.

“I think he has to make an important decision for him. He also has to consider his future and not just this year. He’s young. I’ve relayed this to him too. It’s normal for a champion to be afraid of quitting when nearing the end of your career. I wasn’t that, so it was easier for me. But the dynamics are the same. You need to accept it. It would be good for him if he did it sooner rather than later. I don’t think many have so many caps with these colors.”

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