Chelsea transfer news: Antonio Conte dealt hammer blow as key centre-back target signs contract extension

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Leonardo Bonucci has extended his contract with Juventus until 2021.

Bonucci moved to Juventus in 2010, and has since made 290 appearances for the club. During that period he has won five consecutive Serie A titles as well as five other domestic trophies. He has also emerged as one of the most dependable centre-backs in the world, with his superb distribution from the back separating him from many of his defensive counterparts.

It is for that exact reason that Antonio Conte reportedly made him his number one target for Chelsea. In October, the Telegraph reported that Roman Abramovich was prepared to make Bonucci the most expensive defender of all time in order to secure his services. The Italy international has surely put those rumours to bed by penning a new deal with The Old Lady.

Chelsea do not appear to be in any dire need of defensive reinforcements. Conte’s side have conceded just two goals in their last 11 Premier League games, keeping nine clean sheets in the process. Bonucci would undoubtedly improve any side in the world, though, so his former boss will likely be disappointed to miss out on him.

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