“Yesterday [Thursday], Cristiano Ronaldo told me that he no longer has any intention to play for Juventus. For this reason he will not be called up for tomorrow’s game,” said Allegri. “Cristiano is to be thanked for what he has done, also as an example amongst the youngsters. But as I said, we must go on. Things change, it’s a law of life. Juventus remains, which is the most important thing. Cristiano gave his contribution, he made himself available, now he leaves and life goes on,” stated Massimiliano Allegri, coach of The Juventus.
Cristiano Ronaldo is closing in on a sensational return to Old Trafford after Manchester United made an official approach to Juventus to sign him on a two-year deal.
United are in the final stages of sealing the surprise transfer 12 years after Ronaldo was sold to Real Madrid having offered €25m plus add-ons to the Italian club. The 36-year-old is now expected to agree a contract for the next two seasons after Ole Gunnar Solskjær admitted that he would welcome back a “legend” of the club.
Ronaldo has less than 12 months of his contract with Juventus that is worth an estimated €31m a season after tax and it is understood that City were reluctant to pay a fee for a player who will turn 37 in February having also never agreed personal terms over a proposed two-year contract.
Earlier, Solskjær hinted that United could attempt to trump their neighbors by signing Ronaldo, admitting that midfielder Bruno Fernandes had been in touch with his Portugal team-mate.
“I didn’t think Ronaldo was going to turn out leaving Juventus and if it’s been speculation this morning, speculation the last few days, of course,” said Solskjær. “We’ve always had good communication, I know Bruno [Fernandes] has been talking to him as well and he knows what we feel about him and if he was ever going to move away from Juventus, he knows that we are here.”
Speaking before City’s meeting with Arsenal on Saturday at the same time as his United counterpart, Guardiola seemed resigned to the prospect of missing out on Ronaldo having also seen previous target Harry Kane commit to staying at Tottenham earlier this week.
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