Bonucci: I never feared Conte leaving

The Bianconeri boss was reportedly ready to leave if the club did not bring in a host of top-quality players this summer, but the defender insists he always imagined he would stay
Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci insists that at no point over the past few weeks did he fear that Antonio Conte might resign as coach.

The 43-year-old trainer only confirmed on Wednesday that he would be staying in Turin, after showdown talks with the Bianconeri's board prompted by demands made by the former Italy international in relation to this summer's transfer plans.

However, Bonucci was never concerned by the apparent standoff between the coach and directors, and believes the club may benefit from the resulting meeting in the long run.

“All families have disagreements, but good often comes of it if they are constructive discussions," the centre-half told his club's official website.

"From our point of view, there was never a feeling that the relationship with the manager could come to an end.

"We all want to keep building, dreaming, winning in Italy and closing the gap in Europe.”

As for Juve's rumoured transfer targets, Bonucci says that whomever the Bianconeri bring in must not only be talented, but also mentally strong.

“There are already a lot of names being mentioned, especially those of famous top players," the Azzurri ace mused.

"Whomever comes in will have to fit in as best he can with the mentality of our compact group, built on the values of humility, spirit and sacrifice.

“Our task will be help the newcomers instantly get to grips with the mentality that has made us a winning team over the past two years."

Juventus will wrap up a second successive Scudetto-winning campaign against Sampdoria this weekend.