Ju­ven­tus of­fer Bonucci RM527,000-a-week con­tract

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS - BY SA­MUEL LOVETT

JU­VEN­TUS HAVE re­port­edly opened con­tract talks with Leonardo Bonucci (pix) in a bid to ward off in­ter­est from Chelsea and Manch­ester City.

Bonucci has emerged as a prime tar­get for the two sides and it’s be­lieved that Ro­man Abramovich has al­ready given Blues coach An­to­nio Conte the green light to make a worl­drecord bid for the de­fender in Jan­uary.

But any prospec­tive move to Eng­land would be largely de­pen­dent on Bonucci’s fam­ily sit­u­a­tion.

The Ital­ian is keen to stay in Italy as his two-year old son Mat­teo has been se­ri­ously ill and un­der­went surgery in July.

“What hap­pened made me stronger,” the 29-year-old said ahead of Italy’s World Cup qual­i­fier with Spain.

“I want to thank my son and my wife be­cause we have faced a dif­fi­cult time and we will con­tinue fight­ing it.”

Bonucci’s cur­rent con­tract runs out in 2020 but, ac­cord­ing to the Daily Mail, Ju­ven­tus are un­der­stood to have of­fered an ex­ten­sion with im­proved terms worth around £100,000 (RM527,000)-a-week.

The de­fender was sub­ject to con­sid­er­able in­ter­est from City and Chelsea through­out the sum­mer. Conte will be par­tic­u­larly op­ti­mistic that he can lure the Ital­ian to Stamford Bridge hav­ing de­vel­oped a close re­la­tion­ship with his fel­low com­pa­triot.

Ear­lier this year, Bonucci said: “Conte will be a big suc­cess in Eng­land, Chelsea are al­ready a very good team and he will have them chal­leng­ing both in Eng­land and in Europe.

“He is the boss, and if you lis­ten to him and show him re­spect, you will see he is one of the best bosses in the game. The play­ers in the Italy team nick­named him The God­fa­ther. That means when he talks, you lis­ten. You do what he says and you don’t ar­gue. Play­ers want to lis­ten, though.”

Al­though Chelsea and City would re­al­is­ti­cally be able to dou­ble Ju­ven­tus’ of­fer, the re­cov­ery of Bonucci’s son will prove cen­tral to any trans­fer de­ci­sion made within the com­ing months. – The In­de­pen­dent

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