Leonardo Bonucci has suggested that "very precise choices" led to the ex-Juventus star completing a shock move to AC Milan this summer.
The Italy international stunned the football world by opting to leave the reigning Serie A champions to join the sleeping giants in a £37m transfer.
Speaking exclusively to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Football Italia), Bonucci appeared to claim that decisions made by Juventus boss Max Allegri contributed to him being forced out of the Turin-based club.
He stated: “As I’ve said, I’m only concerned with Milan now and Juve is in the past.
“I thank them for what they gave me, with them I became one of the best defenders in the world but when you make certain choices you have to take responsibility and you own the consequences.
“Juve (coach Massimiliano) Allegri made very precise choices last season and I made mine accordingly.
Leonardo Bonucci sure has been talking a lot since leaving Juventus.— BWRAO (@JuventusNation) August 15, 2017
“Allegri said it was my choice? Certainly my evaluations were no longer those of the past, but the choice was shared with the club so it wasn’t all on me.
“Everything starts from Oporto (when Bonucci was banished to the stands) but there had been some incidents already, though perhaps less egregious ones."
Bonucci's decision to leave I Bianconeri for I Rossoneri led to widespread anger among the club's fanbase, with some even calling him a mercenary for his actions.
I still can't believe that we signed Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus FC— Abdelaziz (@MilanQtr8) August 12, 2017
The centre-back, though, shrugged when asked to comment on the opinions of those who used to adore him, and said that his career couldn't be led by those who wanted him to do what they wanted.
He continued: “If I was influenced by comments on social media I’d have left Juve in 2011 and this year I wouldn’t have come to Milan. They insulted me because I changed teams, but on social media people are free to say what they want I don’t feel rancour.”
Bonucci went on to add that he was still in contact with some of his former teammates at Juve, and was looking forward to seeing them again on international duty with the senior Italian national side soon.
He added: “Have I spoken to any of my former teammates? Of course, today [yesterday] I wished happy birthday to [Giorgio] Chiellini, and then with some of them we have a common path in the national team.”