Juventus manager Allegri says Bonucci will not be a captain, and speaks about Ronaldo

Max Allegri says Leonardo Bonucci will not be Juventus captain next season, and demands more from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Massimiliano Allegri and Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus against Napoli
Massimiliano Allegri and Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus against Napoli

Juventus manager Max Allegri has said that defender Leonardo Bonucci will not be one of the captains next season.

Allegri was unveiled as the manager of the Old Lady today and the experienced Italian looks more than excited on his return to Turin.

However, speaking on who will be the captains for next season, Allegri shunned Bonucci’s name because of his surprise transfer move to AC Milan years ago.

Bonucci moved to Rossoneri in 2017 in one of the shocking transfers but returned to Turin next summer.

The 34-year-old is coming off a stellar European Championship campaign, where he lead the Italian national team to title glory alongside his Juve defensive partner Chiellini.

Bonucci also wore the captain armband last season during Chiellini’s absence but it looks like it will not happen again under Allegri notwithstanding his rich vein of form.

Allegri said: “The captain and vice-captain are decided depending on how long they’ve been playing in the team. So Chiellini is the most experienced one, followed by Dybala.”

“Bonucci left for one season, he made that decision, so if he wants the captain’s armband he must buy it and play with it in the street. Leo is aware of that.”

Allegri expects more from Cristiano Ronaldo

Allegri also spoke about Cristiano Ronaldo, stating that he expects more from the Portuguese ace next season.

Ronaldo’s future had been hanging in the balance before Juve vice president shut down the speculations by saying that the 36-year-old would continue beyond this summer.

Allegri also added that Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala can form a lethal partnership in the attack.

Allegri said: “Ronaldo is a great player and a smart guy. I spoke to him yesterday as I did with the others. I told him this is an important season and that I am happy to meet him again, now he has more responsibility, because three years ago we had a more experienced team, while now there are younger players.

“I expect a lot from him in terms of responsibility, he is in good condition and he is fit.

“The only thing I am sure about is that Ronaldo scores goals, regardless of where he plays. He and Dybala don’t make many mistakes in front of the goal.”

Juventus have finished fourth in Serie A last season, saving their Champions League nominations as Napoli slipped to fifth position after the last match.