20 July 2017
The Italy international has joined the club on a permanent transfer penning a five-year contract
Leonardo Bonucci is officially a new AC Milan player, with the CEO Marco Fassone and the Sporting Director Massimiliano Mirabelli who managed to sign Italy's centre back handing over to coach Montella one of the best central defenders in the world. Here is the official statement.
AC Milan are delighted to announce the signing of Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus FC. The player has penned a five-year contract through to 30 June 2022.
"He is a player with international experience. Technically, I think that he and Sergio Ramos are the strongest central defenders in the world. Coaching him is a dream come true". These were Vincenzo Montella's words on the new Red and Black Leonardo Bonucci. A really important signing, a clear sign that the Rossoneri mean business. After Musacchio, Rodriguez, Conti, the former Juventus centre-back is the piece that completes the puzzle of AC Milan's defence. The club has made the dream of having Leo wearing in the Red and Black come true, with the fans' enthusiasm growing after every new signing. Bonucci is considered to be a leader on the pitch and inside the dressing room, a world-class player with eye-catching technique, the player who can start the move, with great character and at the peak of his career. From highly respected opponent to a Red and Black pillar: welcome, Leo, now San Siro is your home!
Bonucci made his Serie A debut on 14 May 2006, in Cagliari v Inter 2-2. After his experience with the Nerazzurri he move son loan to Treviso and Pisa, playing in Serie B until 2009 and making more that 50 appearances. On that same summer he joined Genoa on a permanent transfer, but he is immediately sold to Gian Piero Ventura's Bari in co-ownerhsip. In that season, Leonardo finally blossoms: 38 appearances as a starter and scoring a goal, his first in Serie A. On 1 July 2010 he became a Juventus player, winning Scudetto titles, Italian League Cups and Suepr Cups. In the 2016-17 season, he recorded 45 appearances - including the Champions League - scoring 5 goals. On 3 March 2010 he made his debut with the national team, Italy v Camerun 0-0. He took part in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and 2014 in Brazil, the Europen Championships in 2012 in Poland-Ukraine and 2016 in France (scoring the goal for 1-1 in the game against Germany in the quarterfinals) and the Confederations Cup 2013. Overall, 70 appearances and five goals.
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