No one can accuse Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri of holding his tongue.
The 49-year-old was involved in what can only be described as a ‘frank’ exchange with centre-back Leonardo Bonucci during The Old Lady’s 4-1 defeat of Palermo.
Allegri appeared to call Bonucci a ‘d*******’ and told him to ‘f*** off’ when the Italian defender tried to give his manager some advice during the game.
But, despite Allegri claiming there had been a ‘misunderstanding’ and that there was ‘no issue’ between the two, the fallout doesn’t appear to have stopped.
The news will welcomed in London and Manchester, with Chelsea, Man City and Man United all credited with a strong interest in the 29-year-old.
Allegri later confirmed the news, saying: “Bonucci will not be in the squad tomorrow; it is right to do so on behalf of the club, fans and team.”
This came despite Juventus claiming that Bonucci was available for selection on their official website.
Allegri hasn’t been slow to wield the axe after confrontation in the past, with Patrice Evra sold to Marseille in January following Juventus’ Italian Super Cup defeat against Milan.
So it looks like Bonucci will be watching the game on the TV along with the rest of us.
If you’re looking for someone to watch it with, Leonardo, we’re always free.