Bonucci joins Milan

One of European football’s most formidable and long-standing defences was officially broken up yesterday when AC Milan confirmed that they had completed the signing of Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus.

Bonucci had formed part of the so-called BBC defence at Juventus along with Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini. They had been together since 2010 and helped their club win the last six Serie A titles.

Juventus had also reached two Champions League finals in the last three seasons, losing both to Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.

Italy international Bonucci, capped 70 times, made 319 appearances for the Turin club.

“For me, it’s a dream to be able to coach him,” he said on Milan’s website (www.acmilan.com).

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