Cristiano Ronaldo will stay at Juventus, according to coach Massimiliano Allegri, who stated on Saturday that the Portugal star had given him assurances that he will not return to Real Madrid.
“Let’s clarify this issue, Ronaldo told me that he’s staying,”Allegri said in response to numerous questions on Ronaldo’s form and mindset ahead of Sunday’s Serie A opener at Udinese.
“He has always trained well and has always been available. I’ve read rumours in the papers, but he’s never wanted to leave Juventus.”
Italy’stop scorer last season with 29 goals was absent for Juve’s final warm-up against the club’s youngsters on Thursday, but Allegri said he was ready to play in what will be the fourth and final season of his contract.
Allegri’s comments follow the 36-year-old’s own rejection of reports he was angling for a return to Madrid under Carlo Ancelotti, calling such talk “disrespectful”.
In an Instagram post this week Ronaldo said his “story at Real Madrid has been written”, although he did not explicitly say that he was not looking for a way out of Juve.
“There have been frequent news and stories associating me with a number of clubs in many different Leagues, with nobody ever being concerned about trying to find out the actual truth,”Ronaldo added.