ROME (Dispatches) - Cristiano Ronaldo is not looking for a move away from Juventus this summer, manager Massimiliano Allegri says.
Ronaldo, 36, wrote on social media this week that rumors of his departure were “a disrespect for me as a man and as a player”.
In a pre-match interview, Allegri said the Portugal captain was staying.
“[Ronaldo] has never expressed a desire to leave,” he said. “He has told me that he’s staying, so we can clear that one up.”
Juventus travel to Udinese in the opening game of their Serie A campaign on Sunday.
Ronaldo has been the subject of transfer speculation throughout the summer, with reports linking him with Real Madrid, Paris St-Germain and Manchester City.
However, 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.