Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane was reluctant to speculate on whether Cristiano Ronaldo could return to the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, but insisted he remains a big fan of the player.
Spanish outlets El Chiringuito and Marca reported yesterday that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner was being linked with a shock move back to the LaLiga giants, who he left in 2018 for Juventus. The reports claimed that the Portuguese wasn't happy at the Serie A club, and his agent Jorge Mendes has held talks with the Madrid bosses.
Ronaldo is approaching the final 12 months of his Juventus contract, and Zidane was asked if he would like to be able to manage the 36-year-old again. "We all know what he means for the club, what he did for the club," he said.
"I coached Ronaldo, he's part of the club's history, his contribution was magnificent but right now he's a Juventus footballer and he's doing very well for the club and there's not much more I can add to all the things that have been said. He's a Juve footballer and I have to respect the club and the player."
Ronaldo has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons this week. He was heavily criticised for his part in Juventus' Champions League exit at the hands of Porto for turning his back on the winning free-kick while a part of the wall that was supposed to defend it.
Juve's chief football officer Fabio Paratici was asked earlier this week about the potential renewal of Ronaldo's contract, and admitted that it is not presently 'on the agenda.'
"Fortunately, there's a year left on his contract; we have time eventually to discuss it with him", Paratici told Sky Italia. "Let's just say it's not on the agenda right now."