Giorgio Chiellini insists that fellow centre-back Leonardo Bonucci won’t leave Juventus in the summer transfer window.
After holding a keen interest in Bonucci last year, Chelsea have again been heavily linked with the Italy international in recent days.
Despite winning the Premier League in his first season at Chelsea, Antonio Conte – who managed the player for both club and country – is seemingly keen on reinforcing his squad ahead of a Champions League campaign.
Bonucci, meanwhile, has won Serie A in six successive seasons and the Coppa Italia in the last three of those, but last week lost the second Champions League final of his career.
Chiellini has denied any suggestions that the 30-year-old may be tempted to leave the Old Lady, though, as reported by Corriere dello Sport: “He will remain with us.
“Juve can not do without a player and a man like Leonardo. I’m sure that he will still be the cornerstone of Juve [next season].”
How did Bonucci compare to Chelsea’s current starting centre-backs this season?
Interceptions – The world-renowned defender averaged 2.24 interceptions per 90 minutes in Serie A, which was more than Gary Cahill, David Luiz or Cesar Azpilicueta managed in the Premier League.
Tackles – However, the Chelsea trio all won more tackles than Bonucci (0.78), who also had the lowest overall win ratio in duels (45%).
Passing – The Juventus man was clearly the most comfortable in possession, though, as his rate of 59.2 passes dwarfed the Blues’ back-line.