Bonucci Confirms Receiving Lazio Offer Last Summer

Leonardo Bonucci revisited his summer in a presser, stating that Lazio were interested, but he picked Union Berlin instead. He inked a seasonal contract with an option but might retire in June 2024, as he had announced before the whole brouhaha with Juventus (via FootballNews24).

“I had two options, either Lazio or Union Berlin. I chose the latter at the end of August. After watching the first two Bundesliga matches, I was happily convinced to come here due to the atmosphere, the fans, and the team. I’ve spoken with the coach and decided to accept the offer to experience what might be my final season here.”

Bonucci has clear ideas about his future.

“I’ve played for 20 years in Italy. I think this call was very important because I want to coach once I retire. This stay will open my mind to a few new things, for instance, the different lifestyles and training methods between Germany and Serie A.”

The 36-year-old has started twice since completing the switch. Union Berlin lost both matches, versus Hoffenheim and Real Madrid. He played poorly in the domestic fixture, causing a PK and struggling to keep up with the opponents in general.

Our Take on Bonucci

It’s far from certain whether the choice was really his, or if it was instead his lone opportunity. He would have been an awkward fit at Lazio considering their four-man line. Instead, Roma could have used him as an alternative to Chris Smalling.

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