ROME – The Czech Pavel Nedved, vice president of Juventus, assured this Wednesday that Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo “is not touched” and stressed that he has a contract with the Italian team until 2022, when asked about a possible exit from the Portuguese next summer.
“Cristiano for me is not touched, he has a contract until June 30, 2022 and he will stay. What will happen later we will see. Both on a technical and image level it has given us a push towards the Olympus of football”, Nedved said in an interview with DAZN, collected by the main Italian media.
“At a technical level you can’t tell him anything, he has scored more than a hundred goals in 120 games, he has led us in the UEFA Champions League. He is a very simple boy despite the fact that from the outside he may seem different. He is the prototype of the modern player, with an immense talent and with a lot of work it has achieved incredible goals, “he added.
The Juventus crisis, which was eliminated in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League with Porto and is ten points behind the lead in Serie A, one step away from handing over the Italian championship title to Inter Milan, has fueled rumors about a possible departure for Cristiano at the end of the season.
The Portuguese recently wrote on Instagram that he only thinks about finishing the season to the fullest at Juventus and the Portuguese national team, but did not explicitly speak of his long-term future.
Frenchman Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid coach, recently acknowledged that Cristiano’s return to Madrid “can happen” and recalled the legend forged by CR7 in the Madrid team.
At the interview, Nedved also spoke of the Argentine Paulo Dybala, who this year has only been able to play 16 games and is still out due to an injury to the medial collateral ligament of the left knee.
“We miss him. I think this year he has not played more than 800 minutes, they are very few. His presence would guarantee us other offensive options and goals that we obviously miss. He has a contract for another year,” he said.
The Juventus vice president also confirmed “one hundred percent” the continuity of Andrea Pirlo on the bench, despite the fact that several reports from the Italian media recently spoke of a possible return of Massimiliano Allegri.