Cristiano Ronaldo has dismissed talk of a move away from Juventus, insisting the links are ‘disrespectful’ and that he remains focused on continuing with the Serie A giants.
Reports in Italy earlier this week claimed the Portugal star wants to leave the Allianz Stadium this summer, with some claiming the forward’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has offered the 36-year-old to Manchester City for just £25million.
La Repubblica reported PSG are also not completely out of the race for Ronaldo, as they dream of combining the Portugal forward with new signing Lionel Messi in attack.
Spanish news programme El Chiringuito had also claimed former club Real Madrid were looking at bringing Ronaldo back to the Santiago Bernabeu, before boss Carlo Ancelotti rubbished such reports.
And posting a 286-word statement on social media on Tuesday evening, the 36-year-old claimed his name had been ‘played around’ with and believes that he will still remain in Madrid fan’s hearts despite the fact he will not be returning to the club.
‘Anyone who knows me is aware of how focused I am on my work,’ Ronaldo posted.
‘Less talk and more action, this has been my guiding motto since the start of my career. However, in view of everything that’s been said and written recently, I have to set out my position.
‘More than the disrespect for me as a man and as a player, the frivolous way that my future is covered in the media is disrespectful to all the clubs involved in these rumours, as well as to their players and staff.
‘My story at Real Madrid has been written. It’s been recorded. In words and numbers, in trophies and titles, in records and in headlines. It’s in the Museum at the Bernabeu Stadium and it’s also in the minds of every fan of the club.
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‘And beyond what I achieved, I remember that in those nine years I had a relationship of deep affection and respect for ‘merengue afición’, an affection and respect that I retain to this day, and that I will always cherish. I know that the true Real Madrid fans will continue to have me in their hearts, and I will have them in mine.
‘As well as this most recent episode in Spain, there have been frequent news and stories associating me with a number of clubs in many different Leagues, with nobody ever being concerned about trying to find out the actual truth.
‘I’m breaking my silence now to say that I can’t allow people to keep playing around with my name. I remain focused on my career and in my work, committed and prepared for all the challenges that I have to face. Everything else? Everything else is just talk.’
Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2009 in a stunning world record fee of £80m. The Portuguese superstar went on to win the Champions League title back to back. Despite the move, the Old Trafford legend has still got United at heart, hence, a move to Man City is perhaps unimaginable.