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‘Ronaldo can’t be touched’ CR7 expected to remain at Juventus

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Juventus chairman Pavel Nedved has given the latest update on Cristiano Ronaldo and his future at the club.

Juventus vice-chairman Pavel Nedved has insisted that Cristiano Ronaldo and Andrea Pirlo will remain at the club next season.

Despite CR7’s scoring achievements, it has been an underwhelming season so far for Juve. The Bianconeri are likely to miss out on Serie A and have also been dumped out of the Champions League by Porto.

A lack of collective success this term has led to suggestions that Ronaldo could leave the club at the end of the season. Whispers have emerged about a possible return to Real Madrid for the Portuguese forward.

However, Nedved is convinced that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will stay put in Turin.

“For me, Ronaldo can’t be touched,” Nedved said in an interview with DAZN. “He has a contract until June 30, 2022, and will stay. What happens after that remains to be seen.

“Cristiano, both technically and in terms of image, pushed us towards the peak of football. On a technical level, you can’t fault him. He’s scored more than 100 goals in 120 games and he dragged us into the Champions League.

“We can criticise him – we all have to be open to criticism when we make a mistake – but to question his numbers and what he gives us in every game, for me, isn’t fair.”

“He’s a simple guy, even if it doesn’t seem like that from the outside.”

“Kids will study his physique and his career. He’s the prototype of the modern player who, with immense talent and a lot of work, has achieved incredible goals.”

Asides Ronaldo, Nedved also mentioned that the club maintain full faith in manager Andrea Pirlo.

“Pirlo is, and will be, the Juventus coach. 100 per cent” he said. “We committed to a project with Andrea knowing the difficulties that would arise. The difficulties were foreseen.

“We have a new coach with a very rejuvenated squad at our disposal. We are very calm – we’re on the path we wanted to be and will continue on this path.

“He has everything to become a great coach.”