Leonardo Bonucci has confirmed he will not retire from international football.
The 34 years oldLeonardo Bonucci
who was part of Mancini's Azzurri side that failed to qualify for theWorld Cup
in Qatar has committed his future toItaly
"I don't know what Giorgio [Chiellini] will do. On my end, I want to continue to be an example and guide the younger players coming through wearing this shirt,"
Bonucci said at a news conference.
"The hours after the elimination was tough. We remained quiet during our moments together, like team lunches or dinners. We tried to play down the disappointment by saying that young players will have other opportunities.
"After the coach spoke to us, we put the past behind us and looked to the future. The future is now so we must start to rebuild and get what we didn't achieve. We have a solid base to come back."
Bonucci also praised Itallian Football Federation’s decision to continue working with Roberto Mancini.
"What the coach has given us in these three years is something unique, There is an empathy that is rare to see at Coverciano [Italy's headquarters], continuing with Mancini is the only logical decision.
"His ideas and values are not under question. Anything can happen in a game and opinions can change, but we have been with him every day and want to continue it.”
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