Cristiano Ronaldo has submitted a transfer request and will not be available for Juventus this weekend, manager Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed.
Ronaldo, 36, was not spotted in training on Friday as he pushes to join Manchester City in the final days of the transfer window.
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The Portugal superstar has reportedly agreed personal terms with City , who are preparing to table a formal offer to bring him back to the Premier League 12 years on from when he left Manchester United for Real Madrid .
Allegri admits Ronaldo has “no intention” of staying with the Turin club and will not feature in the Serie A clash with Empoli on Saturday.
“Cristiano Ronaldo told me yesterday that he wants to leave Juventus immediately. It’s true and confirmed,” the Italian told reporters on Friday. “This is why he wasn’t training today and he’s not available for tomorrow’s match.
“Things change, it’s a law of life. Juventus remains, which is the most important thing. Cristiano gave his contribution, he made himself available, now he leaves and life goes on.
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“Cristiano is to be thanked for what he has done, also as an example amongst the youngsters, but as I said, we must go on.”
Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, arrived in Turin on yesterday to negotiate Ronaldo’s departure from Juventus.
The Bianconeri paid a club-record £99million to sign him from Real Madrid in the summer of 2018 and have set a price tag of £24million for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
City are reluctant to pay a fee for Ronaldo as they will pay the player £12.85million each season in wages.
The Etihad club have a matter of days to reach an agreement with Juventus chiefs, with the transfer deadline set for Tuesday night.
Ronaldo has scored 101 goals in his three seasons in Italy but he has failed to lead Juve to Champions League glory.
The Sporting CP academy graduate is said to believe City would give him the best platform to win Europe’s premier competition and add to his Ballon d’Or collection.
Ronaldo won back-to-back Serie A titles during his first two seasons with Juve and lifted the Coppa Italia last season as the club finished a disappointing fourth in the league under Andrea Pirlo.
Juventus took decisive action at the end of the season and replaced Pirlo with former manager Allegri, who led the club to five successive titles between 2015 and 2019.
But Allegri will need to restructure his team due to Ronaldo’s impending departure as City ramp up their pursuit.
While Ronaldo previously declared he would not join Manchester United’s cross-town rivals, it appears he has had a change of heart in recent years.
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