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Pavel Nedved provides updates on futures of Cristiano Ronaldo & Andrea Pirlo

Ross Jackson
May 11, 2021, 10:15 AM GMT+1
Pavel Nedved insists Cristiano Ronaldo and Andrea Pirlo will remain at Juventus
Pavel Nedved insists Cristiano Ronaldo and Andrea Pirlo will remain at Juventus / Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images
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Juventus vice president Pavel Nedved has insisted Cristiano Ronaldo and Andrea Pirlo will remain at the club beyond this summer.

The Old Lady have endured a turbulent campaign during Pirlo's first season as manager, with the rookie boss failing to mount a serious title challenge and even facing the prospect of missing out on Champions League football.

Juventus' 3-0 humbling at the hands of Milan at the Allianz Stadium on Sunday saw them drop out of the top four, leaving their Champions League aspirations hanging by a thread with just three games of the season remaining.

Pavel Nedved has spoken about Cristiano Ronaldo and Andrea Pirlo
Pavel Nedved has spoken about Cristiano Ronaldo and Andrea Pirlo / Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Such a wretched campaign has naturally led to speculation over Pirlo's tenure, though Ronaldo's time at the club has also been called into question.

Despite his stellar individual stats since arriving in Turin nearly three years ago, Ronaldo has failed to lead the club to glory on the European stage - something which undoubtedly drove his mega-money signing - and Juventus have often produced some of their best performances without the Portuguese superstar in the team.

With speculation beginning to grow over the respective futures of the pair, vice president Nedved was asked about the possibility of Ronaldo and Pirlo leaving the club this summer, though he quashed such suggestions despite admitting it had been a tough campaign.

“There are some difficulties, but we’ll fight until the end,” he told satirical Italian television show Striscia La Notizia (via Football Italia). “Pirlo and Ronaldo will stay at Juventus."

Cristiano Ronaldo's future is up for debate
Cristiano Ronaldo's future is up for debate / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Nedved's public backing of Pirlo in particular is just the latest vote of confidence offered to him by the Juventus hierarchy.

Despite the club's insistence that the young manager would be offered time in the role, a number of reports have surfaced in recent weeks suggesting former boss Massimiliano Allegri is being lined up to replace him at the helm this summer.

However, it seems Juve are sticking by their man for the time being as they desperately try to secure a place in the top four.

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