Juventus set to hand captain Bonucci new contract amid struggle for form
- Current contract expires in June 2024
- Had been linked with a move to Tottenham
- Allegri backs the defender to succeed at Juve
WHAT'S HAPPENING? His current deal with the Serie A outfit expires in the summer of 2024 and GOAL understands he is set to sign a one-year extension which will keep him at the club until 2025. He had signed the previous extension in November 2019.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: It has previously been reported that the defender has a fractured relationship with Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and was subsequently dropped against Sampdoria and Monza. It was suggested that the centre-back could move on in January as a result.
AND WHAT'S MORE: However, Allegri dismissed all speculations of a potential transfer and insisted that he is 'happy' with the defender. "Leonardo is the team’s captain, a player with personality who I must manage like everyone else. He is a crucial player, whether he plays or not. It’s a general path that involves everyone, at 35, you don’t have the energy as when you were 20. I am happy with Leo, he is a responsible man and an added value, whether he plays or not," he told reporters.
STORY IN TWO PHOTOS:
#Juventus: #Bonucci firmerà un nuovo accordo con i bianconeri per estendere la scadenza del contratto // Bonucci will extend his contract with Juventus ⏳⚪️⚫️@GoalItalia @goal— Romeo Agresti (@romeoagresti) October 21, 2022
WHAT NEXT FOR BONUCCI? Juventus will be back in action on Friday evening against Empoli in Serie A and Bonucci will be hoping to start after playing a truncated role against Torino.