Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri believes that the addition of Cristiano Ronaldo will not only benefit the Bianconeri, it will help the rest of Serie A despite what Juve’s rivals might think.
Speaking at a public event soon after the news of Ronaldo’s signing was made official, Allegri commented -
“I think it’s a very important signing, which marks a step up for everyone at the club.
“When we start again on July 30 and have everyone back, we’ll have an important year ahead of us, like all the others, with objectives that need to be achieved.
“I absolutely didn’t hear from [Ronaldo] on the phone. I think there will be a Press conference on Monday, so I’ll see him then.
“I know he’s very happy, he’s a great professional and an important addition to a team who have already done great things.
“I believe the club and President have done something extraordinary for Juventus but above all for Italian football. How will he play? Like he always did: trying to score goals.
“For me, a new cycle starts every year because Juventus have changed a lot in the last four years. We’ve had an important transfer market this year.”
The manager also mentioned that Real Madrid had spoken to him about taking over after Zinedine Zidane who stepped down after clinching his third straight Champions League trophy at the end of last season.
“I didn’t know [Cristiano] Ronaldo was coming then. I was only following my instinct, it certainly wasn’t an easy summer because I lost my mother a month ago and I had to make choices.
“I spoke to Juventus and I’m happy there, I want to repeat my thanks to [Madrid President] Florentino Perez who sought me out.
“I’d already talked to Juventus though, and they had an important project.”
Now it remains to be seen who will exit the Juve side before the summer transfer window closes and how Allegri meshes together the squad going into another season.