Cristiano Ronaldo and under-attacking boss Andrea Pirlo will both STAY at Juventus after this season, insists club chief and legend Pavel Nedved … and he rejects conversation about striker returning to Real Madrid, claiming Serie A giants are ‘calm’ despite poor form.
- Reports have linked Cristiano Ronaldo to a sensational return to Real Madrid
- Andrea Pirlo is under pressure after being 10 points behind Inter in the title race
- Juventus chief Pavel Nedved insists that both Ronaldo and Pirlo are not going anywhere
- Nedved expects Ronaldo to see his contract with Juventus, which expires in 2022
- He insists that the Juve board maintain faith in Pirlo and believes he will be a ‘great coach’
Cristiano Ronaldo and Andrea Pirlo will both be with Juventus when next season kicks off, the club’s vice president Pavel Nedved said.
Reports in Spain have linked Ronaldo to a sensational return to Real Madrid this summer, while Pirlo is under increasing pressure after Juve fell 10 points behind leader Inter Milan in the race for the Serie A title.
Club legend Nedved insists, however, that both the star forward and rookie manager are not going anywhere as the champions strive to get back on track.
Juventus chief Pavel Nedved insists Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and Andrea Pirlo (right) will both stay
Nedved (right), pictured with Weston McKennie, expects Ronaldo to honor his Juve contract
In an interview with DAZN, Nedved downplayed the talk about Ronaldo’s future, saying, ‘As far as I’m concerned, Ronaldo is not going to leave. He has a contract until June 2022, and he will stay. We will see what happens next.
Cristiano Ronaldo pushed us towards the Olympus of football, both technically and in terms of image.
‘He scored more than 100 goals in 120 games and also brought us to the Champions League.
“He’s a simple guy, although he might not look like that from the outside. He is the prototype of a modern player who has achieved incredible goals with enormous talent and a lot of work. ‘
Ronaldo could not prevent Juventus from suffering a shocking home defeat against Benevento on Sunday
Stories about Ronaldo’s future began to swirl after he made a mistake in front of Porto’s goal, knocking Juventus out of the Champions League on the last 16 leg earlier this month.
Real boss Zinedine Zidane has hinted at a return for the Portuguese superstar, who left the Bernabeu for Turin in 2018 in a £ 100 million deal.
Ronaldo could not prevent his side from falling into a shocking 1-0 home defeat against Benevento last weekend, a result that raised questions about Pirlo’s job security.
Pirlo and his players are 10 points behind leader Inter Milan after a 1-0 defeat against Benevento
The Italian champion is third in the table and 10 points behind Inter, but Nedved insists Pirlo retains the full confidence of the board.
“Pirlo is and will remain the coach of Juventus, that is 100 percent certain,” said Nedved DAZN
‘We started a new project with him, knowing we would face difficulties. We wanted to do a little more, but we couldn’t.
“We are calm, Pirlo has everything to become a great coach.”
Juventus returns to action against local rival Torino after the international break.