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Italian paper reports that Bonucci may move to AS Roma

By Peter Weis   @PeterVicey

Italian sports newspaper "Corriere dello Sport" reports that 1. FC Union Berlin defender Leonardo Bonucci wishes to cut his losses with his German club and head back to Italy. 
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Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci, according to at least one source, wants to depart 1. FC Union Berlin halfway through his one-year-contract. The 36-year-old opted for something different at the tail end of his professional playing career, deciding to play outside his home country for the very first time. Italy's "Corriere dello Sport" now nevertheless reports that Bonucci - feeling homesick and dissatisfied with Union's sporting status - now wishes to go home.

Bonucci made seven league and three Champions' League appearances under the coaching regime of Urs Fischer. He scored one Bundesliga goal via a penalty conversion on match-day seven. New FCU trainer Nenad Bjelica has left him unused on the bench in three of his four fixtures in charge. The Italian veteran logged 22 minutes as a substitute in Wednesday's win over 1. FC Köln. That substitute shift may constitute Bonucci's final appearance in an Union tricot.

The Italian paper reports that AS Roma are willing to take Bonucci on. Jose Mourinho and the Giallorossi would serve as the 10th Italian club the 121-times-capped international has represented in his long career. The report also claims that, with his family craving a return to Italy, the defender is actively pushing for a transfer. Union would conceivably have no problems allowing him to depart. Bonucci has shown great difficulty adapting to the Bundesliga.

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