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Juventus chief gives final verdict on Ronaldo’s future

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The former Manchester United and Real Madrid man has been heavily linked with a return to familiar surroundings in recent weeks.

Juventus director Fabio Paratici has ruled out Cristiano Ronaldo’s potential departure at the end of the season.

Ronaldo’s future became a subject of intense speculations following Juventus’ disappointing Champions League elimination earlier this month.

The 36-year-old has a contract at the Allianz Stadium until June 2022, and it is has been suggested the Italian champions are prepared to cash in on their star this summer out of fear of losing him for free next year.

Andrea Pirlo’s future, meanwhile, has also seemed uncertain lately. The Bianconeri’s search for a 10th straight Scudetto success appears to be going in the wrong direction under the rookie manager.

“We have a project that we started from last season, one game will not change our views or our strategy,” Paratici told Sky Sport Italia after Juventus’ 1-0 defeat to Benevento in Serie A on Sunday.

“This line continues and we are very happy with what we’ve done, so we’ll continue working to improve.

“This is Juve, we have Cristiano Ronaldo, the best player in the world, and we’re holding on tight.”