Portuguese international, Cristiano Ronaldo has addressed the rumour surrounding his future, while hitting out at “disrespectful” media reports linking him with a move away from Juventus.
The 36-year-old, who has just one year left on his current deal with the Serie A giants, has been linked to a number of European clubs this summer, including big spenders Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.
And there have been speculations in Spain that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner could be closing in on a return to Real Madrid.
But, Los Blancos boss, Carlo Ancelotti has denied the rumblings, with Ronaldo also releasing a statement to clear the air about his future.
The superstar posted on his official Instagram account: “Anyone who knows me is aware of how focused I am on my work. 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.
“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. 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.”
Since joining Juventus from Real Madrid in 2018, the Portugal star has been phenomenal for the Turin club, scoring 101 goals in 133 appearances, but has failed to inspire the club to continental success like he did at Madrid.
Juventus have not advanced past the Champions League quarter-finals in three seasons with the forward.