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Report: Juventus open contract renewal talks with Leonardo Bonucci

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We have seen Leonardo Bonucci grow up right in front of our eyes. He’s gone from the defender with plenty of potential to a defender who can be considered amongst the best in the business. That’s a pretty good thing to have happen for somebody Beppe Marotta and Co. signed from Bari for €15.5 million in 2010.

Decent chunk of change then. Looks like a steal now.

According to Sky Sport Italia’s herd of football reporters, Juventus have no plans of ending what has already been a pretty darn good run for both the club and Bonucci, whose current contract runs until 2020.

Now is the part of the equation where one thinks, “Give me the English version, jerk.”

Demand and you shall receive.

Yes, good. Very, very good.

Whatever Bonucci wants, Bonucci should get. He’s that important, that crucial to this current Juventus team. He’s one of the best defenders in the world, and with Juventus’ other two starting center backs, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini, getting older and not exactly with the best health records the last couple of years, making sure Bonucci sticks around should be the management’s top priorities.

Not that Bonucci had many plans of leaving any time soon, though. He reportedly had no interest in the handful of approaches Manchester City and Chelsea made to acquire him this summer. And with his continued standout performances, it’s not like the other financial big boys in European soccer are going to stand pat and not try to tempt Bonucci with a fat pay day during the prime of his career.

So, yes to a Bonucci contract extension. Yes to a raise for Bonucci with said contract extension. And yes to Bonucci remaining a Juventus player for as long as possible. I like Leonardo Bonucci. He can stay.