Leonardo Bonucci will be the new captain of Juventus following the announced departure of Giorgio Chiellini, Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed.
The Bianconeri head coach spoke ahead of Juve’s final home game against Lazio and said he wants to “combine all three things”, referring to playing well while saying goodbye to outgoing duo Chiellini and Paulo Dybala.
Chiellini confirmed he would leave Juventus at the end of the season following their 4-2 defeat to Inter in the Coppa Italia final.
The veteran centre-back has spent 17 years with the Bianconeri, winning 20 trophies during his time in Turin.
Dybala is also exiting the Allianz Stadium at the end of the campaign and has been linked with Inter, Atletico Madrid, Arsenal and Manchester United.
Allegri told reporters at a media conference on Sunday:
“It’s the last home game, and you have to honour it. And then it’s Giorgio Chiellini’s party and Paulo Dybala’s last [game], we have to combine all three things.
“They are two different things. Giorgio stops or has an experience in America. I don’t know. Paulo changes the team.
“Both will have the tribute of the fans, as I believe will [Lazio boss, Maurizio] Sarri, who returns and was the last [head coach] to win the Scudetto with Juve.”
As for Juve’s next skipper, Allegri added: “The new Juventus captain will be Bonucci.”
The former Milan boss was also asked about Paul Pogba, who has been linked with a return to Juve once his contract at Manchester United expires next month.
“Pogba is a United player. Before talking about the transfer market, let’s finish the season and then we’ll take stock with the club,” he said. “We don’t have to evaluate the market and what happened during the season at 360 degrees.
“[Do I] remember Paul? I have already forgotten. Several years have already passed. I have a full memory card.”
Allegri was asked to summarise the season, with Juve qualifying for the Champions League but never challenging in the Serie A title race.
“I’m satisfied with the path and the goal, but not satisfied to have not won a trophy,” he said.
“The team has done its best. Even if I always say, ‘let’s play with those here’, we have paid for traumatic injuries in the long run: [Federico] Chiesa, [Weston] McKennie, Danilo, Bonucci… We have players who will certainly grow. Then with the club, we will improve the shortcomings of this team.”
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