Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Juventus – .

Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Juventus – .

TURIN, Italy (AP) – Cristiano Ronaldo has told Juventus he wants to leave, potentially setting up a head-to-head between fierce rivals Manchester United and Manchester City for the signing of the five-time World Player of the Year .
UPDATE: According to ESPN, Manchester City have pulled out of the race to sign Ronaldo in part because of the finances needed to secure a deal.

The Portuguese striker was seen on board a private jet at Turin airport on Friday. The football world is waiting to see where it goes.

“Cristiano told me yesterday that he no longer plans to play for Juventus,” coach Massimiliano Allegri said at a press conference on Friday.

Allegri added that Ronaldo would miss the Serie A game against Empoli on Saturday as a result.

He probably played his last game for Juventus.

“Cristiano made his contribution, he made himself available, now he leaves and life goes on,” said Allegri.

City have considered an option to buy the Portuguese striker after their main goal Harry Kane said on Wednesday he was staying at Tottenham for the time being.

But City could have competition for Ronaldo at their neighbor United, for whom Ronaldo played from 2003 to 2009.

“We’ve always had good communication,” United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday when asked about Ronaldo. “I know Bruno (Fernandes, Portuguese midfielder) spoke to him as well.

“He knows how we feel about him and if he ever had to leave Juventus he knows we are there,” Solskjaer added.

City manager Pep Guardiola has said “anything could happen” in the dying days of the transfer window, but Ronaldo’s signing “right now … seems far, very far away”.

“In my opinion, there are few players – I think Cristiano including, (Lionel) Messi of course – they decide where they are going to play,” Guardiola said.

“In that position I would say right now – that’s my feeling – I’m more than happy with the squad we have and we’ll say the same. “

The transfer window ends on Tuesday.

Ronaldo, 36, only has one year left with Juventus, which he joined from Real Madrid in 2018.

He did not start Juventus’ opener of the Italian league season, against Udinese last weekend, amid reports he had asked to be on the bench. It came on in the second half and a goal in added time was canceled in a 2-2 draw.

Both the club and Allegri insisted it was a managerial decision to keep Ronaldo on the bench at the start.


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