JUVENTUS DEFENDER REVEALS HE REJECTED CHANCE TO JOIN MANCHESTER UNITED DURING THE SUMMER TRANSFER WINDOW

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was keen on signing a centre-back during the summer transfer window.

According to Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, Manchester United tried to sign him during the summer but he opted to return to Juventus instead.

Bonucci left Juventus for AC Milan in the summer of 2017 but returned to Turin after just one year at AC Milan.

“Basically there have been some possibilities both with Manchester City and with Manchester United,” Bonucci told The Telegraph.

“With Manchester City when I received that offer [in 2016] I actually talked to the club, I talked to Juventus and we decided that it was good for me to stay and to keep on winning with Juventus.

“And this year when I was told there was a possibility to go back home, to come back to Juventus I just stopped listening to any other offers and I decided to come back here.”

Asked to clarify if United tried to sign him during the summer transfer window, Bonucci replied: “Yes.”

On whether Mourinho stood any chance of convincing him to move to Manchester after Juve declared their interest, he continued: “No. I feel at home here [Juventus].

“Here I really do my best, I just push myself to the maximum and that’s something at Milan I really didn’t manage.

“I didn’t succeed to achieve and that was probably because in my heart I had already made the decision that I wanted to go back home.

“The decision was not made until June but it’s true that I had this feeling inside me. So when my agent told me there was a tangible opportunity to go back I just stopped listening to anyone telling me what to do and I just said: ‘OK, let’s go home.’”