Ronaldo to Real Madrid rumours rubbished by Ancelotti
Although speculation has swirled about a Portuguese star returning to Spain, his former coach does not plan to do so.
Carlo Ancelotti, manager of Real Madrid, has denied reports that he plots to move Cristiano Ronaldo from Santiago Bernabeu.
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner, he called it quits after a stint in Madrid in 2018. He made the switch to Serie A giants Juventus in 2018.
He is now in the last year of his Turin contract and has been connected with several clubs around the globe, including Real.
What has been said?
Blancos boss Ancelotti knows about rumors suggesting he is planning a spectacular swoop to secure a Portuguese star, but the Italian insists that there is no substance.
He posted the following tweet: “Cristiano, a Real Madrid legend, has all my love & respect.”
“I never thought of signing him. We look forward. #Go Madrid
Ronaldo is seeing a move made.
Juve is unlikely to offer Ronaldo a long-term contract after he turns 36.
He continues to be a star in Italy with 101 goals through 133 appearances. However, he has not been able to achieve the Holy Grail of Champions League success on the Allianz Stadium.
There was much talk in the summer about the Bianconeri being open to a deal, if there was a good offer.
Paris Saint-Germain was initially interested in a move, but they later acquired Lionel Messi from Barcelona.
A return to Manchester United was also speculation, before Jadon Sancho signed for the Red Devils. However, strong ties to Real make them attractive suitors in any transfer scramble.
Ronaldo, however, has been a prominent figure for Juve in Pre-season and will expect him to be part of Massimiliano Allgri’s 2021-22 Serie A opener versus Udinese this Sunday.
Ronaldo’s record under Ancelotti
Ancelotti, an all-time great, was part of the Real set-up when he arrived in 2013 for his first stint with the Blancos.
Under the Italian’s guidance, he had his most productive season in front goal in a remarkable career. He found the target on 61 occasions between 2014-15.
Ronaldo made 51 attempts in the campaign before that. This resulted in a legendary La Decima victory for Real in Champions League.
Ancelotti left in 2015, and since then has been able to spend time at Bayern Munich and Napoli as well as Everton.