Official: Defender won’t be joining Chelsea

MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI has ruled out a move for Juventus star Leonardo Bonucci, amid interest from Chelsea.

Antonio Conte is eager to sign a proven centre-back to replace the outgoing John Terry.

Bonucci was on the Blues’ wish list last summer, but a deal wasn’t struck.

Recent reports have suggested the west London outfit will lodge a £60million bid instead for Southampton star Virgil van Dijk.

Manchester City have also been linked with a move for Bonucci, who supposedly had a falling out with Allegri last season.

At the time, Bonucci didn’t react well to being dropped for a Champions League game against Porto.

When reflecting on his decision to drop Bonucci, Allegri admitted he was wrong and thinks the 30-year-old has a long future at the club.

“At that particular moment it was the right thing to do,” Allegri told Sky Italia.

“There are times when you should turn a blind eye and times when you have to have your eyes wide open and in that moment Leo was wrong.

“I was wrong too, and in fact I punished myself and Leo was left out. It was an important and decisive game and even if we’d lost we’d have had the strength to win 10 more.

“We played a good game against Porto and then after two days Bonucci came back, because he’s an important player, an extraordinary player, and above all he has to understand that he’ll be the future leader of the Juventus dressing room.”

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