Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has insisted Cristiano Ronaldo would have stayed at the club even if Lionel Messi had not gone to Paris Saint-Germain.
Ronaldo was linked with a move away from Juventus earlier this summer, with PSG mooted as a potential destination for the 36-year-old.
However, Messi's move to PSG after Barcelona announced the Argentine would not be staying at the club has ended Ronaldo's hopes, if there were any, of sealing a transfer to the Ligue One outfit this summer.
But, Bonucci insists Ronaldo was never looking to leave Juventus, and is certain the attacker will help them reach all their goals in the upcoming season. "I think that Cristiano Ronaldo would have stayed even if Messi had not gone to PSG," Bonucci told Gazzetta dello Sport [via Goal].
He added: "For us, it’s an added value and I’m sure that this year, more than in past years, he will help us reach all of our goals."
Ronaldo's contract with Juventus expires in 2022, and the five-time Ballon d'Or winner could leave the club on free next summer.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo will be aiming to help Juventus reclaim the Serie A title this season after Inter won it last campaign, and go further in the Champions League.