Cristiano Ronaldo will stay at Juventus this season regardless of being picked on the bench for his or her opening fixture of the brand new Serie A marketing campaign at Udinese, membership director Pavel Nedved insisted on Sunday.
Juve legend Nedved mentioned that the choice to not begin the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who has been topic to intense hypothesis about his future this summer time, was a “shared decision” between Ronaldo and returning coach Massimiliano Allegri.
“You shouldn’t try to create sensationalised stories where there aren’t any,” Nedved instructed broadcaster DAZN.
“He is not at peak health, and the coach tried to choose the very best line-up for now… The selections had been made as a way to be as aggressive as attainable as we speak.
“He is absolutely staying at Juventus.”
Sky Sport Italia claimed that Ronaldo requested to not be picked within the beginning line-up as he nonetheless hopes to go away the 36-time Italian champions earlier than the top of the month, when the switch window closes.
Allegri selected Alvaro Morata to steer the road in a entrance three which additionally included Paulo Dybala and Juan Cuadrado.
Italy ahead Federico Chiesa was named as an alternative whereas midfielder Manuel Locatelli, additionally one of many Azzurri’s Euro 2020 heroes, will start his Juve profession on the bench after transferring from Sassuolo on Wednesday.
Top scorer in Serie A final season with 29 targets, Ronaldo was absent for Juve’s closing warm-up towards the membership’s kids on Thursday.
However, on Friday Allegri mentioned the 36-year-old wished to remain regardless of speak he was attempting to go away Juve, including that the Portuguese attacker was able to play in what might be his fourth and closing season of his contract.
Allegri’s choice comes after a detailed season by which media round Europe have speculated that Ronaldo was searching for a means out of Juve, a membership he joined in 2018 to large fanfare.
On Tuesday, Ronaldo denied reviews of a move to former membership Real Madrid, calling them “disrespectful” and saying that tales of his departure had been written with “nobody ever being concerned about trying to find out the actual truth”.
Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti had confirmed earlier the identical day that the Spanish giants weren’t within the return of the person who fired the membership to 4 Champions League triumphs.
Also on Tuesday Italian every day Corriere dello Sport mentioned that agent Jorge Mendes had supplied the Portugal captain to Manchester City.
Other retailers mentioned that Paris Saint-Germain had been taken with Ronaldo however stepped again as soon as they pulled off the signing of the shut season, bringing free agent Lionel Messi to the French capital.