Milan Deny Bonucci Exit Talk Despite Manchester City Interest

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AC Milan reacted angrily to talk of Leonardo Bonucci moving to Manchester City in January, reports La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Sources close to Bonucci claim the defender remains unsettled following his move last summer from Juventus. Milan are far from the giants they once were, which after the success he enjoyed with the Bianconeri led to a tough period of adjustment.

The club issued strong denials that the 30-year-old defender is set to leave the San Siro, but Pep Guardiola is an unrepentant admirer of the Italian international, who would add defensive strength to the City squad.

Milan claimed “dark forces” were unsettling the player, with Chelsea strongly tipped in the Italian media with the focus on the relationship between the player and Antonio Conte, the former Juve and Azzurri coach.

City are in the market for a new central defender and are heavily linked with Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk, 26, as Guardiola looks to ensure his squad is ready to challenge for silverware on four fronts.

Bonucci, rightly recognised as one of the world’s most accomplished central defenders, is desperate to play in the Champions League again. It’s a dream he fears Milan will not be able to achieve and while the English clubs circle, Paris St Germain are, as ever, in the picture as well.

The ghosts of the past haunt Milan; where they were once the beast circling, they are now the prey for Europe’s new predators.