Cristiano Ronaldo has told Massimiliano Allegri that he is staying at Juventus, bringing an end to speculation surrounding his future at the Italian outfit.
Ronaldo, who has a contract at Juventus until 2022, was heavily linked with an exit from the Serie A side earlier this summer. The Portuguese superstar had been linked with a move to a number of top European clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Manchester City, in recent months.
Allegri, however, has now confirmed Ronaldo will stay at Juventus, and believes the 36-year-old is an 'added bonus' for Old Lady. The Italian manager also explained why the five-time Ballon d'Or winner did not feature for the club in their friendly clash with Juve's U23 team earlier this week.
"Ronaldo didn’t play on Thursday because we were coming off a heavy training workload and I gave him half a day off," Allegri told reporters [via Goal].
He added: "Ronaldo is an added bonus for us, because he guarantees a large number of goals. Obviously, we also have to work as a team to get the best out of an individual."
Confirming Ronaldo won't leave the club in the summer transfer window, Allegri said: "He has always trained well, I just read the gossip in the papers. He never told us he wanted to leave.
"Ronaldo told me that he is staying at Juventus."
Meanwhile, Juventus kick-off their Serie A 2021/22 campaign on August 22 with a trip to Stadio Friuli to face Udinese.