Cristiano Ronaldo (Image Source: SkySports)
Cristiano Ronaldo has decided to withdraw from Juventus, coach Massimiliano Allegri announced on Friday as rumours of an imminent transfer to Manchester City gained ground.
"Yesterday Ronaldo told me that he no longer has any intention of playing for Juventus, for this reason he will not be picked tomorrow," Allegri told reporters ahead of Juve's Serie A match against Empoli on Saturday.
Premier League champions City have been widely linked with a move to five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo after missing England captain Harry Kane.
Juve confirmed last Friday that Ronaldo will not be training with his teammates and Sky Sport Italia reported that the superstar striker arrived at the Continassa training center that morning to say goodbye to his teammates. Local opening hours. Hours (08:45 GMT).
Sky claimed on Thursday that the Portuguese captain had already emptied his dressing rooms, despite Allegri and club manager Pavel Nedved pushing for a stay in Turin last weekend. Allegri even told reporters that Ronaldo personally told him he wanted to stay.
According to the Gazzetta Dello Sport newspaper, a deal for superstar Ronaldo could be reached within 24 hours, with the summer transfer window ending on Tuesday.
However, fees could be a problem as the Italians are expected to have a deficit of 25million euros ($ 29.4million).
Ronaldo, with a year-long contract remaining, has also been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and a return to Real Madrid.
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