Juventus in talks with defender Leonardo Bonucci over new deal

Juventus' defender Leonardo Bonucci celebrates after scoring during the Italian Serie A football match Juventus vs Lazio at 'Juventus Stadium' in Turin on April 18, 2015
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Talks between Juventus and star defender Leonardo Bonucci over a new deal are ongoing, chief executive Giuseppe Marotta reveals.

Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed that the club are hoping to extend Leonardo Bonucci's current deal following rumoured interest from Chelsea.

The Italy international has been heavily linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge, where his former club and national side manager Antonio Conte is now in situ.

It was claimed last week that Juve were hopeful Bonucci, who still has four years left to run on his current terms, would put pen to paper to end speculation over his future.

Moratta has now revealed that talks are ongoing, with the intention of also prolonging teammate Paulo Dybala's contract following his impressive spell in Turin so far.

"The renewals of Dybala and Bonucci - they are two players that have long contracts," he told Premium Sport.

"[But] we are talking with them to see them [extend] again, because it is the players' performance in the team, and because it is right to also adapt them according to the balance within the squad and their place in it."

Chelsea, who are reportedly prepared to pay £60m to sign Bonucci, brought in former player David Luiz on transfer deadline day to ease their defensive concerns.

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