Cristiano Ronaldo asks to be BANCED for Juventus’ Serie A opener of the season against Udinese
Cristiano Ronaldo DEMANDS to be benched for Juventus’ Serie A season opener against Udinese … with the 36-year-old ‘hoping to find a solution’ in the transfer window after being offered to Manchester City for just £ 25 MILLION
- Cristiano Ronaldo has one year left on Juventus contract amid frenzied rumors
- Journalist Fabrizio Romano says Ronaldo has yet to be the subject of an offer
- Massimiliano Allegri and Pavel Nedved claimed Ronaldo wanted to stay
- Tuttosport say Juve may be trying to protect their aging talisman
- However, there is a growing feeling that the striker would like to leave Turin.
- Manchester City have been offered Ronaldo – but focus on signing Harry Kane
Cristiano Ronaldo is on the bench for Juventus’ opener at Udinese in Serie A after asking to be excluded from training.
The 36-year-old has one year left on his current contract and has been offered to Manchester City during a summer of intense speculation about his future.
Italian journalist Fabrice Romano says Ronaldo’s absence from the starting XI is a request from the player himself “because he hopes to find a solution” in the transfer market over the next few days, adding that no official offer has been made filed for the superstar striker.
Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly asked to be put on the bench with his Juventus future up in the air
Massimiliano Allegri has already insisted that Ronaldo does not want to leave the old lady
Manager Massimiliano Allegri, who returned to the Old Lady’s seat after Andrea Pirlo was sacked, said in his pre-match press conference that Ronaldo had told him he would stay at Juve.
Fans feared Ronaldo might not be in a training match against the Under-23 team on Thursday, but Allegri sought to allay their concerns by saying: “Ronaldo didn’t play on Thursday because we were coming out of a heavy workload of training and I gave him a half day off.
“Ronaldo is an added bonus for us because he guarantees a lot of goals. Obviously we also have to work as a team to get the best out of an individual.
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“He always trained well, I just read the gossip in the newspapers. He never told us he wanted to leave. Ronaldo told me he was staying at Juventus.
Vice President Pavel Nedved reiterated Allegri’s remarks, telling DAZN: “We have decided with Ronaldo. It is normal. Ronaldo will remain at 100%.
On the decision to bench Ronaldo, Nedved said: “It was a decision shared with the player. We have to start [the] season, [but] you can’t be at the top.
Pavel Nedved insisted Ronaldo benched was not a sign his future was uncertain
It was also reported that Jorge Mendes offered Ronaldo to his former club Real Madrid
It’s a decision for the good of the team. Chiellini, European champion, also leaves the bench today. Will CR7 stay at Juventus? Absolutely yes.’
Italian outlet Tuttosport has suggested that the deal between Ronaldo and Allegri to start the game on the bench could be part of a plan to manage his body, but could also be a warning to the five-time Ballon d’Or that he is not untouchable as he has been in his first three seasons at the club.
There is a growing feeling that Ronaldo is considering moving away from Turin, even though his financial demands are off-putting for a player his age.
However, both Ronaldo and Carlo Ancelotti have refuted claims of a Bernabeu meeting
The player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, is looking for a club capable of supporting his client’s £ 25.5million a year salary.
City have been told they would have to offer £ 25million to lure the former Manchester United frontrunner to Etihad, but the Premier League giants are instead focusing on capturing Harry Kane.
Ronaldo’s former club Real Madrid have also reportedly been offered the return of their top scorer, but Carlo Ancelotti and Ronaldo have both spoken publicly to rule out a Bernabeu meeting, with the Portugal international pushing back speculation linking him to City, Real and PSG in a 286- word social media post.