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Italy defender Bonucci extends Juventus contract
December 19, 2016 / 1:17 PM / a year ago

Italy defender Bonucci extends Juventus contract

(Reuters) - Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci has extended his contract with Serie A champions Juventus until 2021, the club said on Monday (

Football Soccer - Juventus v Napoli - Italian Serie A - Juventus stadium, Turin, Italy - 29/10/16 - Juventus' Leonardo Bonucci celebrates after scoring first goal . REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino

The 29-year-old, one of his country’s first-choice defenders along with Juve team mates Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli, had been linked with a move to English Premier League club Chelsea.

Bonucci, who has 67 international caps, joined Juventus in 2010 from Bari and has made more than 200 league appearances for the Turin-based team.

Juventus, seven points clear of AS Roma at the top of the standings, face third-bottom Crotone on Thursday.

Reporting by Silvia Recchimuzzi in Gdynia, editing by Ed Osmond

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