Max Allegri Shrugs Off Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus Exit

By Amreen
Max Allegri said Ronaldo 'didn't want to play for Juventus anymore'
Max Allegri said Ronaldo 'didn't want to play for Juventus anymore' / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has insisted he can't do anything about Cristiano Ronaldo's exit, claiming that the striker "did not want to play for the club anymore".

The five-time Ballon d'Or made his return to Manchester United after 12 years and could make his second debut for the club on Saturday against Newcastle United.

And Allegri is eager to close the 'Ronaldo chapter' in Turin and move on, admitting he has no issue with the Portuguese heading back to Old Trafford.

Speaking about the 36-year-old's exit, the Juve boss said: "Ronaldo didn’t want to play for Juventus anymore, so he returned to United. It would have been his last season at Juventus, so we anticipated what we would have done next summer. Cristiano spent three amazing years at Juventus and we wish him the best, but life goes on.

"I don’t like to think about what could have happened, in life you need to be practical. Here at Juventus, the group has always won trophies, not the single footballer. We have this characteristic in our DNA made of self-love and sacrifice. In order to be competitive and win, we must have ambition and passion."

Juventus are without several key players for their trip to Naples, with Allegri deciding not to pick Paulo Dybala, Alex Sandro, and Rodrigo Bentancur following their trips to South America for World Cup qualifiers.

"I decided to leave the South Americans at home because they will return too late," Allegri said.

"Cuadrado was the only one who could have joined the team, but he suffered stomach flu. He hasn’t even returned to Italy. He is still in Colombia to undergo some medical examinations."

Juventus are yet to win a game this season and currently sit 12th on the Serie A table, with just one point from two games.