Cristiano Ronaldo ‘wants a sensational return to Real Madrid and has been in contact with his former club for MONTHS’ amid reports that Juventus will accept just £25m bid for superstar
- Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus from Real Madrid for £88million in 2018
- He was signed to lead the Italian champions to a Champions League crown
- However, their exit this week has called the Portugal star’s future into question
- Now Spanish outlet AS claim he has been in contact with his ex-club for months
Cristiano Ronaldo wants to complete a sensational return to Real Madrid from Juventus, according to reports in Spain.
The 36-year-old joined the Italian champions from the Spanish outfit in an £88million deal in 2018, with the hope he would lead his new side to a Champions League title, something that has escaped them since 1996.
But their frustration in the competition continued in midweek as they were knocked out on away goals by Porto, with Juventus failing to advance past the quarter-finals in each of the last three seasons.
Cristiano Ronaldo wants to complete a return to Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain
Ronaldo, 36, helped guide Real Madrid to four Champions League titles in five seasons
Now with just one year left on his deal in Turin, Spanish outlet AS claim the Portugal star is eyeing a return to LaLiga champions Madrid, with whom he has reportedly been in contact with for months.
His £28m-per-year salary means he is the club’s highest earner and the report adds that could lead Juventus to offloading him this summer.
Ronaldo helped guide Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid to four Champions League titles in five seasons, as well as leading the club to two LaLiga titles during his nine-year stay, which saw him score 450 goals in 438 appearances across all competitions.
Spanish outlet MARCA however say Madrid have moved to dismiss speculation ‘for now’ linking them with a dramatic move to bring Ronaldo back to the club this summer.
Ronaldo’s £28m-per-year salary make him one of the highest earners in Andrea Pirlo’s squad
And French boss Zidane also remained coy on links of Ronaldo’s potential return when asked at a press conference ahead of the visit of Elche this weekend.
‘You know what Cristiano Ronaldo means for Real Madrid,’ Zidane said.
‘You know the affection we have for him at Real Madrid. What he did here was magnificent.
‘Right now he’s a Juventus player and he’s doing really well there. I can’t say anything about all the many things they say.
‘I can only say that he is a Juventus player and we have to respect that.’
Marca’s cover claimed that Madrid have moved to dismiss reports that he will return ‘for now’
Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane (right) however remained coy linking Ronaldo (left) with a return
The reports in Spain come after their Italian counterparts at Corriere dello Sport claimed Juventus will accept an offer as low as £25m to part ways with the 36-year-old, with any less than that sum resulting in a capital loss for the club.
Other reports in Italy suggest Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in landing the five-time Ballon d’Or winner should he become available.
Ronaldo’s agent Mendes has strong relationships with European football’s elite clubs, with French reports this week outlining that the Portuguese keeps in regular contact with PSG’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
In the event that Kylian Mbappe decides to leave the Parc des Princes, PSG would reportedly look to sign either Ronaldo or his great rival Lionel Messi, whose Barcelona future is far from certain with his contract expiring this summer.
Reports have also suggested that PSG are interested, with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes (left) in reported regular contact with the French club’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi (right)
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