Chelsea and Manchester City snubbed by £40m defensive rock

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Chelsea and Manchester City are reportedly set to miss out on Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci this summer as he intends on honouring his contract.

The Italian international was dropped by Massimiliano Allegri for the Champions League tie with Porto last month following a bust-up between the pair, which in turn naturally sparked speculation over his future in Turin.

However, it appears as though the pair have put it behind them since, and with his current contract running until 2021, Bonucci isn’t expected to be leaving any time soon.

As reported by The Daily Mail, both Chelsea and City have been credited with an interest in the last 12 months, but Bonucci opted to sign a contract extension in December instead.

While his future was a talking point again recently, he has insisted that he will see out his contract but it remains up to the Bianconeri as to whether or not they sell him.

“I don’t know if the boss will go to the Premier League, but I’m owned by this club and the club will decide whether or not to sell me. I hope to honour the contract.

“I clarified things face to face with Allegri, I accepted his decision, I will pay for a dinner for the team next week. Things are now even better than they were before.

“You need to take the positives from anything negative and it brought the group further together.”

Bonucci scored a crucial goal in his side’s 1-1 draw with Udinese at the weekend which ensures that they boast an eight-point lead over nearest rivals Roma, with Allegri’s men on course to secure a sixth straight Serie A title.

As reportedly by The Independent last week, Bonucci had been linked with a £40m to Stamford Bridge this summer to reunite with Antonio Conte, but the 29-year-old isn’t thinking about an exit and given his ongoing importance to this team, it’s unlikely that Juve will entertain the idea of selling him this summer either.

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