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Juventus Chief Fabio Paratici Insists Cristiano Ronaldo's Future Lies with Serie A Giants Despite Real Madrid Links

By Amreen
Cristiano Ronaldo's future belongs at Juventus, according to the club's managing director
Cristiano Ronaldo's future belongs at Juventus, according to the club's managing director / Enrico Locci/Getty Images
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Juventus managing director Fabio Paratici has insisted that Cristiano Ronaldo's future lies at the club after a difficult week saw the Old Lady get dumped out of the Champions League for the third season in a row.

Ronaldo was linked with a switch back to Real Madrid last week after the Serie A giants suffered yet another European exit. The Portuguese was partially blamed for the exit, with some even suggesting that he "turned his back" on the winning free-kick which helped Porto through to the quarter-finals on away goals.

Paratici had claimed then that extending Ronaldo's contract beyond 2022 was not a priority for the club, but he has since changed his stance by saying the forward is set to stay.

"It makes me laugh," Paratici said to Sky Sport Italia ahead of Juve's Serie A clash with Cagliari, when asked about the criticism. "In my career, I never thought I'd hear debates about Cristiano Ronaldo."

"I grew up in a small town. In bars or the parish, I heard these discussions about [Roberto] Baggio or [Sandro] Mazzola. I never thought I'd hear them about Ronaldo now. He is Serie A top goal scorer. He has won the Ballon d'Or five times. It's a privilege to have him Without doubt, he represents Juventus' future."

Despite their Champions League failings, Ronaldo has been extremely prolific for Juventus this term. He has scored 20 goals in just 22 Serie A appearances, and has notched a further four in six Champions League outings.

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