Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘future at Juventus’ says club chief Paratici as Pirlo piles praise on forward amid transfer talk

CRISTIANO RONALDO'S future is at Juventus despite transfer talk linking him with an exit, insisted sporting director Fabio Paratici.

And manager Andrea Pirlo piled the plaudits on his superstar forward as the club look to keep him happy.

Ronaldo, 35, has been tipped to leave Juve next year after three seasons with the Italian giants due to his big wages, contract expiring in 2022 and the financial impact of coronavirus on the Serie A champions.

Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and even Real Madrid are among the sides reportedly considering big-money offers.

But chief Paratici reckons the five-time Ballon d'Or winner is going nowhere.

He said: "His future is with us, I can assure you.

"There are transfer rumours every day and players that are linked with different clubs but we don't pay much attention to that."

Ronaldo scored both goals for Juventus in their 2-0 win over Cagliari on Saturday.

His two strikes came within four first-half minutes just before the break and proved a crucial three points in the early-season battle.

It took his tally to eight in five in the league this season and continued his record of scoring in every game.

And Pirlo reserved special praise for the 'real champion' Ronaldo, urging him to keep pushing himself to be the best.

The under-pressure boss said: "He is a great professional, as we already knew.

"He is a real champion and sets the example for everyone around him, both in the matches and in training.

"The only advice I can give him is to keep going in the same way."

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