Leonardo Bonucci has officially left Milan to return to his former club.
Bonucci was the marquee signing of the last transfer window, in which the old Chinese management spent over €220m. Leonardo had signed a five-year deal and was given the captain’s armband.
However, like the Chinese – a year later Bonucci is already gone. Leonardo decided he wants to move back to Juventus and a triple deal was struck between the parties: Higuain and Caldara move to Milan, while Bonucci gets his wish and returns to wearing the Bianconeri colors.
“Juventus Football Club announces the return of Leonardo Bonucci after the defender completed his move from Milan,” a statement on Juventus’ website reads. “After spending seven wonderful years in black and white, Bonucci has returned to the club following a season at Milan.
“Bonucci began his Bianconeri career in 2010, emerging as one of the most promising young defenders in Italy, and he would go on to establish himself as one of the very best in the world in his role. During his time at Juve, Bonucci won almost everything, claiming six Scudetti, three Coppa Italia titles and three Italian Super Cups, whilst helping the team reach two Champions League finals.
“Last season at Milan, he further demonstrated both his defensive prowess and ability to dictate the game from deep. Amongst his team-mates, he completed the most passes (2,736) and made the most interceptions (70) across all competitions. Not only that, but the 31-year-old made the second-most appearances, playing a total of 50 matches in the Rossoneri shirt. Now, both Juventus and Bonucci are ready to start winning things again together. Welcome home, Leo!”
Bonucci, who yesterday said goodbye to his teammates and left the Rossoneri camp in the US, signed a five-year contract with Juventus: Milan and Juventus valued him at €35m and he goes to the Old Lady in a direct swap with Caldara. The Diavolo and Bonucci part ways after 13 months.
It remains to be seen now who will replace Bonucci as the captain of Milan (Alessio Romagnoli and Jack Bonaventura are candidates), while Franck Kessié might re-take the #19 jersey.