Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has admitted that he will "miss Leonardo Bonucci so much" after his former teammate left for AC Milan.
The duo were staples of the Juventus defence that helped the club to six successive Serie A titles, but Bonucci left complaining that he did not "feel important".
The centre-backs will still play together at international level for Italy, but Chiellini has spoken of his sadness at Bonucci's exit.
“Bonucci? Good or bad, he’s been a companion of mine in everything," Chiellini told Premium Sport - via Football Italia. "I’d seen him more than Gigi [Buffon], Andrea [Barzagli] and anyone else, including our families, in the last seven years.
“I’ll miss him so much on a human level, but maybe another defender will arrive, who will allow us to catch breath and conserve our energy in the best way possible.
“We were five defenders, but now we’re four top defenders, with different characteristics, which sincerely makes me less worried.”
Chiellini also discussed the talents of Neymar, who scored an superb solo goal against Juventus for Barcelona on Saturday, and compared him to teammate Paulo Dybala.
“Dybala and Neymar? Dybala isn’t worth as much as Neymar is today, with all the respect and great esteem that we all have for Paulo.
“I said it last season, Neymar is at the level of Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and he’s their designated heir for the Ballon d’Or.
“Neymar’s valuation? They’re huge numbers but ones that apply to a player that changes the course of a game and a season.
“Therefore it’s right for a team to spend a certain figure if they have the chance to do so."