Juve and the styleless handling of Bonucci

Juve and the styleless handling of Bonucci

The weekend of the last important friendlies before the start of the season began with disputes in Turin and Milan. Juventus had already given the now ex-captain Leonardo Bonucci (the armband is now worn by Danilo) to understand weeks ago that there was no more room for him in the new squad. Since then, the 36-year-old has been doing separate training sessions and even had to pay for the traditional family kick-off against the U23s.

He rejected offers from Ajax Amsterdam and from the USA, he wants to end the last year of his career there, where he won 17 titles in twelve years. The oldie therefore insists on his contract until 2024. Bonucci now wants to demand his temporary reintegration through legal channels. Or compensation, after all, the contract guarantees him six million euros net. However, a future together seems unlikely. Of course, Juve could have solved the situation more elegantly, after all, Bonucci is the last representative of the successful past. However, the club rejected his request, arguing that the professional was free to use all contractual means of regular work. The one-time hero certainly defines training together with other surplus professionals and parts of the U23s differently.

Allegri happy with the squad

The 2021 European champion was not invited to the endurance test against Atalanta (0-0), and coach Max Allegri even said: “I’m happy with this squad.” Certainly not Bonucci, and Romelu Lukaku might not come either. The Tifosi protested again with songs and posters against the Belgian, for whom Dusan Vlahovic was to be sacrificed. However, a sale of the Serb is not off the table, there are apparently offers from Brighton and Tottenham, who are looking for a Kane replacement.

Inter may also have to replace the almost fixed Lazar Samardzic (21). The Milanese had an agreement with the Berlin-born Serb, but his father recently became the new agent and demanded contract improvements, which Inter rejected. This could lead to the return of ex-Bremer Marko Arnautovic. The 34-year-old was at the Internazionale before, albeit unluckily (three league games, no goal) in 2009/10. Last season, however, he showed maturity in Bologna with ten goals.


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