Leonardo Bonucci did "think about" joining Manchester City

Pep Guardiola wanted the Juventus and Italy defender

Leonardo Bonucci, Italy

Italy's Leonardo Bonucci celebrates after scoring during the Euro 2016 quarterfinal soccer match between Germany and Italy, at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Saturday, July 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Leonardo Bonucci has revealed he briefly considered joining Manchester City in the summer.

The Juventus defender says he was tempted by the chance to play under Pep Guardiola, although he never spoke to the City manager.

The Italy international says only the fact he has supported Juventus all of his life persuaded him to stay in Serie A.

"At the start, I did think a bit about it. Guardiola's insistence did get me thinking, but I said no because I followed my heart," he said in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I stayed here to aim for big objectives. I never spoke [to Pep Guardiola]. There was just an exchange of thoughts with my agent."