Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has admitted he was learning English in preparation for leaving the Serie A giants but decided to stay in Italy.
The 29-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge and Antonio Conte was desperate to sign the Italian last summer.
Bonucci was dropped from Juventus’ squad to face Porto last week after a row with Massimiliano Allegri but he was on the scoresheet on Sunday as the Old Lady drew with Udinese.
Chelsea are still believed to be interested in Bonucci but the defender’s hinted he’s already rejected a move to Stamford Bridge despite starting English lessons.
‘I had offers,’ Bonucci admitted to Premium Sport.
‘If I had wanted to leave, I would have made it happen. I was already studying English.’
Though Chelsea retain an interest in Bonucci, Conte has shifted his attention to the likes of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
The Italian giants’ president claims Chelsea made a bid of around £58million for the defender last summer and the Blues could move for him again.