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Allegri: “Cristiano Ronaldo is the future of Juventus”

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Massimiliano Allegri is adamant Cristiano Ronaldo is the future of Juventus even though he accepts that the star can’t guarantee Champions League glory.

Questions have been raised in Italy over Ronaldo’s future in Turin following Juventus’ Champions League quarter-final exit at the hands of Ajax mid-week.

The Portuguese forward, who scored both of Juventus’ goals in a 3-2 aggregate defeat in their two-legged tie, was allegedly furious over the surprise loss to Ajax.

Italian newspaper La Repubblica then sensationally claimed that Ronaldo was considering leaving Juventus in 2020, despite the fact his contract doesn’t expire until two years later.

However, Allegri insists Ronaldo is Juventus’ future and is anticipating great things again from him next season after a magnificent debut campaign for the club.

“Ronaldo has had an incredible season,” said Allegri, according to Yahoo.

“The Champions League is over – the result is that we were knocked out. Ronaldo plus Juventus does not guarantee the Champions League. There are so many components in football.

“He is the future of Juventus. He has done well this year and will do great things next year. He’s disappointed but he’s calm about it, like everyone else.”

The Juventus manager also confirmed Ronaldo will feature in Saturday’s match against Fiorentina, where only a point is needed to seal an eighth consecutive Serie A title.

But the Bianconeri will have to make do without midfielder Sami Khedira for the rest of the season. The German, who had only returned from a heart problem last month, will have knee surgery.

Back-up goalkeeper Mattia Perin is also unavailable for the rest of the campaign, while striker Paulo Dybala is out for three weeks.

Douglas Costa and Jose Caceres will take another 10 days to bounce back from their respective injuries. Also, Mario Mandzukic is doubtful for this weekend.

But Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini could return for next weekend’s trip to the San Siro to take on Inter Milan.

The Juventus and Fiorentina match will take place at the Allianz Stadium in Turin on Saturday, with kick-off set for 18:00 (CEST).

FLORENCE, ITALY – DECEMBER 01: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus celebrates after scoring a goal during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Juventus at Stadio Artemio Franchi on December 1, 2018 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)