Monday — and especially in the few hours before and after midnight in Italy — involved plenty of chatter surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Juventus. The sources of said speculation might not have been the most reliable, but it caused quite the stir about what Juve’s highest paid player might or might not be up to before the transfer window closes.
Now we have a little more information on the Ronaldo front.
Sky Sport Italia’s Fabrizio Romano came through with a Tuesday morning news dump, most notably stating that Juventus has not received any bids from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid or either of the Manchester clubs this summer. Ronaldo, who has one year left on his current deal, was viewed as a potential replacement in Paris if PSG star Kylian Mbappe ended his contract standoff with the club by signing with Real Madrid. But, as you can probably guess, so much of the last 12-18 hours has been about speculating where Ronaldo might go, the fact that he’s still a Juventus player has very been put on the back-burner.
As much as all of this was fueled by the Spanish press on Monday, there was the added report from Corriere dello Sport that Ronaldo offered himself up to Manchester City, one of the few clubs that could actually afford his massive €31 million net salary.
On his Instagram page, Romano went into more detail about the current situation surrounding Ronaldo and his status at Juventus:
“Juventus board have always stated that CR7 will stay and be part of the team this season. Also in the last hours, Juve have NOT received any bid or new proposal as they count on Cristiano.
“It’s important to remember that Cristiano is out of contract in June 2022 and he’s not in talks to extend the agreement with Juventus.
“Manchester City have NOT had any approach for Ronaldo as their main target this summer has always been Harry Kane and Manchester City are not giving up, as Spurs board too.
“Paris Saint-Germain have NO intention to sign Cristiano Ronaldo after Messi deal, so no talks or contact ongoing. PSG are still confident to keep Kylian Mbappé this summer… but Real Madrid will be ready once they’ll have the opportunity to sign him, in the next 15 days or next summer if Al Khelaifi won’t allow Mbappé to leave now.”
Do you feel like all the bases are covered? Yeah, me too. That’s just about covering the bases, with the added piece of information that Real Madrid has not made an approach to bring Ronaldo back to La Liga this summer despite a report saying that Carlo Ancelotti has asked the club to re-sign the Portuguese superstar.
That’s a lot to digest.
Don’t worry. You’re not the only one thinking that.
Juventus have, as Romano confirmed once again, been rather steadfast in Ronaldo’s standing at the club. It doesn’t matter if it’s been Vice President Pavel Nedved or new Chief Football Officer Federico Cherubini, the Juventus front office have very much been on the offensive when it comes to saying that Ronaldo isn’t leaving this summer despite the chatter that has popped up sporadically the last couple of months.