Juventus freeze out Bonucci, McKennie and more in harsh clampdown

After 12 seasons at the club – only interrupted by a solitary campaign at Milan – Leonardo Bonucci and Juventus are finally splitting.
A new change is upon us at Juventus (Image- Football Italia)
A new change is upon us at Juventus (Image- Football Italia)

Leonardo Bonucci and Weston McKennie are just two of the players Juventus will force towards the exit by excluding them from the pre-season tour of the USA and taking other drastic action.

Sources close to the club tell Football Italia that the new direction is going to affect more than just their long-term captain, who has over 500 appearances under his belt for the Bianconeri.

On Thursday evening, several major Italian news sources are reporting the same story: Juventus have decided to oust Bonucci.

In recent weeks, growing reports indicated towards an inevitable divorce. While the captain was determined to remain at the club and fight to earn back a place in Max Allegri's formation, the management has other ideas.

This includes famous Italian transfer market expert Gianluca Di Marzio and La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Giovanni Albanese.

The sources reveal how Juventus i directors Cristiano Giuntoli and Giovanni Manna paid the defender a visit while on vacation in Tuscany.

The club officials told the 36-year-old that he's no longer a part of the technical project and must find himself a new accommodation.

Now it's up to the player's agent Alessandro Lucci to come up with a solution on the market.

In the meantime, Danilo will officially become the first captain at Juventus after sporting the armband for the majority of last season.

It will also see McKennie denied the chance to go back home to the USA on their pre-season tour of friendly matches, with more like Arthur Melo expected to join the list.

When Max Allegri announces the group going to the United States, those left out have essentially been cut and will not be given any opportunity to play this season, so are warned to find a new destination.

The drastic action will extend beyond that to making the players train separately from the rest of the team when they are in Turin, cutting off contact with coach Allegri.

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