Ronaldo says goodbye to Juventus teammates amidst Manchester shock move
Ronaldo says goodbye to Juventus teammates amidst Manchester City shock move
Cristiano Ronaldo spent an hour and a half at Juve's Continassa training ground on Friday morning to empty his locker and say goodbye to team-mates.
According to Juventus boss Max Allegri says Ronaldo told him he has "no intention" to stay at the club; Man City remain in talks to sign the Portugal captain, who missed training on Friday as boss Allegri confirmed his imminent exit from the club.
The 36-year-old spent an hour and a half at Juve's Continassa training ground on Friday morning to empty his locker and bid farewell to the squad before they took to the pitch for a training session.
"Yesterday, speaking with Cristiano, he told me that he has no intention to stay at Juventus and for this reason, he will not be called up tomorrow against Empoli, and he didn't train this morning," Allegri said.
Manchester City are in talks to sign the 36-year-old after reports in Italy reported his agent Jorge Mendes told Juventus on Thursday night he no longer wants to play for the club.
Ronaldo is in the final year of his contract in Turin and the Italian giants are asking any suitor to pay a €25m (£21.3m) transfer fee, which could be a major stumbling block along with his £500,000-per-week wages at the Allianz Stadium.
Juventus are yet to receive an official bid for Ronaldo. There is still some way to go before a deal can be concluded, and time is tight to complete a deal before Tuesday's transfer window deadline.
He was not in City's plans this summer, but he is an option they are considering after the Premier League champions missed out on signing England captain Harry Kane from Tottenham.
Ronaldo was a surprise omission from Juve's starting 11 in their 2-2 draw at Udinese on Sunday, and he came off the bench to score a 94th-minute winner which was ruled out by VAR for a marginal offside.