The name Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked to many clubs this summer, but it seems that the Portuguese player is in the process of staying at Juventus, where he will be tasked with playing a greater role in restoring life to the Italian giant.
The 36-year-old has been the subject of much talk about his move, whether it’s to his boyhood club Sporting Lisbon, a move Ronaldo’s mother declared possible, or playing again in the Premier League with Manchester United.
And this week, Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport reported that Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, offered the services of his star to Manchester City, the English champions, while the El Chiringuito TV program said that the player could return to Real Madrid.
After Juventus finished fourth last season and were eliminated in the Champions League last 16, Ronaldo, who is nearing the end of his career, can be forgiven for seeking to leave in order to improve his chances of winning more titles before retiring.
But so far that has not happened, and Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has distanced himself from the four-times Champions League winner in the Spanish capital.
Ancelotti wrote on his Twitter account on Tuesday: “Cristiano is a legend at Real Madrid, and he has all my love and respect. I never thought about signing him, looking forward to moving forward.”
It seems that Ronaldo will most likely continue to Juventus, who is trying to regain the league title from Inter Milan, and the presence of the Portuguese striker, the top scorer of the Italian League last season, will be an influential element in the club’s quest to win the title again.
In fact, new coach Massimiliano Allegri, who is returning to Juventus for a second term, called on Ronaldo to provide more during the new season.
“Ronaldo is an exceptional player and he is a smart person,” Allegri said in a press conference last month. “We talked as I spoke to the rest of the players and I told him that the season will be important, and he will take responsibility differently and more than it was three years ago.”
“He can’t just be a top scorer. I expect him to take on the responsibility as important as the person he is considering there are so many young players in the team. I can only imagine the difficulties he’s faced in the last two years.”
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