Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus for preseason training on Monday ahead of the 2021-22 campaign, amid a summer of speculation regarding his future.
Ronaldo, 36, had been on holiday since Portugal’s Euro 2020 defeat to Belgium at the round of 16 on June 27.
The former Real Madrid star only has next summer to become a free agent, as his immediate future had been the subject of speculation. He has also continued to attract interest from some of Europe’s top clubs, according to ESPN.
However, Juventus Vice-President, Pavel Nedved said after Saturday’s 3-1 win over Cesena in the team’s first preseason friendly, that Ronaldo would honour his contract even as he’s yet to openly talk about his future at the club.
The veteran forward will reunite with Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri later on Monday and the two will sit to discuss about the upcoming season.
Allegri was in charge when Ronaldo arrived from Real Madrid in 2018 and returned to Juve to replace Andrea Pirlo in May.
Allegri won five straight Serie A titles with the Bianconeri, including four league and Coppa Italia doubles, and also reached two Champions League finals before being dismissed two years ago.
Juve will play Monza in the Silvio Berlusconi trophy on Saturday, before taking on Barcelona at the Joan Gamper Trophy on Aug. 8 at the Camp Nou, a game that could see a potential match-up between Lionel Messi and Ronaldo.
The Bianconeri begin the Serie A season with a trip to Udinese on Aug. 22.