Leonardo Bonucci reproaches Matthijs de Ligt. The Juve legend feels that the new FC Bayern star lacks the necessary respect.

Headwind for FC Bayern’s new defensive star: Juventus legend Leonardo Bonucci sharply criticised Matthijs de Ligt after his departure from Italy.

Bonucci, who played with de Ligt at Juve, said of his ex-colleague: “He should show more respect for the team that helped him develop over the last three years and the club that invested a lot of money in him at the time.”

In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Bonucci went on to explain, “Some of the things he said recently with the national team were not very nice,” said the defender, who has made 474 competitive appearances for Torino.

Bonucci did not say exactly what he was referring to. Presumably he was referring to statements made in June, when de Ligt declared in the Dutch squad that he was looking for the “best sporting project”. Fourth place with Juve was “not good enough”. Bonucci apparently saw this as disrespect towards the Old Lady.

Bonucci talks it out with de Ligt

He had also addressed de Ligt on the matter in a clarifying conversation after the summer break. “He understood me. With Bayern he is now at a great club, but you don’t automatically win in teams like that either.”

De Ligt’s move to Munich was completed a few days ago. The transfer fee is €67 million, well below the €85 million Juve paid for the former Ajax player. With bonuses, however, the sum could rise to well over 70 million euros.

Juve have already brought in a replacement in the form of the Brazilian Bremer for a good 40 million euros – he comes from city rivals FC Torino. According to Bonucci, he is the “best possible” successor for de Ligt.