Juventus manager Max Allegri says Cristiano Ronaldo is staying at the club this season, despite reports linking him with a move away.
The 36-year-old’s €30m-a-year contract runs out next summer and Juventus risk losing him for nothing in 2022 unless they sell the forward this summer or offer him a new deal.
The Portugal international was also believed to be frustrated by Juventus’ campaign last season as their nine-year Serie A winning streak came to an end, finishing fourth in the table.
Nevertheless, Juve still won both the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana with Ronaldo finishing as the leading scorer in the top flight with 29 goals in 33 appearances.
He posted on his Instagram account after the conclusion of the campaign to say he had accomplished everything he had wished to achieve since arriving in Italy, comments which led to speculation over his future.
Ronaldo is currently costing Juventus £52m a year and he earns £25m after tax with Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City all linked with a move.
However, ahead of Juventus’ opening Serie A game away to Udinese, Allegri told reporters: “He has never wanted to leave. He told me that he’s staying and he will be in Udine.”
On Tuesday, Real’s new boss Carlo Ancelotti dismissed the idea of Ronaldo returning to the Spanish giants any time soon.
“Cristiano is a Real Madrid legend and he has all my love and respect. I have never considered signing him. We look forward,” he wrote.
Juventus travel to Udinese in the opening game of their Serie A campaign on Sunday at 17:30 BST.