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Juventus Director Fabio Paratici Provides Update on Cristiano Ronaldo's Future

By Amreen
Juventus have made a Cristiano Ronaldo transfer decision as Real Madrid rumours continue
Juventus have made a Cristiano Ronaldo transfer decision as Real Madrid rumours continue / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Juventus chief football officer Fabio Paratici has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will remain at the club until after this season.

Ronaldo is out of contract next season, and speculation in recent weeks has linked him with a shock return to Real Madrid, especially after Juventus got knocked out of the Champions League last week.

Paratici has confirmed that the Portugese is not for sale. “We’ve decided to keep Cristiano Ronaldo. He’s the best player in the world and we are holding on tight,” the director stated after a 1-0 home loss to struggling Benevento.

“We have a project that we started from last season, one game will not change our views or our strategy. This line continues and we are very happy with what we’ve done, so we’ll continue working to improve.”

Paratici also said that Andrea Pirlo has no reason for fear for his job, stating: "We were not unsatisfied with the previous coaches, but there were different reasons why we decided to change. Just as a defeat won’t change the project of a club, a victory won’t either. Once an approach has been decided on, we see it through.

“If we are just talking about results, there are clubs who had seven, eight or 10 years of transition in which they didn’t win anything and didn’t really lay down any foundations either. People might not have realised because we kept winning, but we have already made numerous changes over the years, reduced the age of the squad several times to build future success.

“I can tell you seven or eight times we were told an era has ended, for example the defeat at Galatasaray, Conte’s departure, the Berlin Champions League Final, when we were 10 points off the lead at the start of last season, when we replaced Allegri with Sarri, etc, etc and yet we continued to win. When you are rebuilding, it can happen that you don’t also manage to win everything at the same time, but it’s part of the process.”

Juventus are currently placed third on the Serie A table, 10 points off leaders Inter, with 11 games left to play this season.