Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to Turin ahead of his first training session under new Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri.
After leading Portugal to Nations League glory on June 9, Ronaldo has been taking some well earned time off with his family in Greece and St Tropez in the south of France.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has been lapping up the Mediterranean sunshine in his yacht. Although he did spare some time to meet an eager Sarri last month to discuss plans for next season.
While the details behind the meeting remain largely unknown, Italian journalist Aurelio Capaldi gave a fascinating insight into what happened.
“They talked about Sarri’s ideas on football, the way Juventus are going to play. And also Sarri wanted to know which position Ronaldo wanted to play,” revealed Capaldi.
“Ronaldo was very open, he said he’s only interested in winning trophies, he said ‘it’s important we make things happen, and Juventus win trophies, and for me it’s not so important to play on the left side, right side, or centre – it depends what your ideas are’.
“But he also said, ‘I mainly started from left, so he made it clear he would prefer to keep starting from the left’.
“He was very open and available to discuss ideas and exchange ideas with Sarri and Sarri was very happy about the meeting.
“So it was a long chat on Ronaldo’s yacht and now they got to know each other and Sarri and Ronaldo seem to be both happy about that.”
Now, Calcio Mercato reported that Ronaldo’s summer vacation has ended and he arrived in Turin at around 18:00 (CET) on Friday.
The Portugal captain then left Caselle airport in a Rolls Royce and will now prepare for his first training session with Sarri.
The former Chelsea boss reportedly set him a target of 40 goals for next season after finishing his debut campaign with 28 goals.
Juventus will soon head out on an Asia tour, with Tottenham awaiting them in the International Champions Cup (ICC) on July 21 in Singapore.
Inter Milan in China will also be coming up three days later. While a visit to Sweden is also on the schedule, where Atletico Madrid will await for their last ICC match on August 10.
— notizie bianconere (@n_bianconere) July 12, 2019