Cristiano Ronaldo has slammed media reports linking him with a move away from Juventus. In a post on social media, he did not outright deny a move was possible or commit his future to the Italian side.
But the 36-year-old forward said he was “focused on his work” despite reports linking him with Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, and Manchester City. The Portugal captain called rumors “a disrespect for me as a man and as a player.”
He added, “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. The frivolous way that my future is covered in the media is disrespectful to all the clubs involved in these rumors, as well as to their players and staff.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Real’s new boss Carlo Ancelotti had responded to the rumors in a tweet, dismissing speculation of Ronaldo returning to the Spanish club. “Cristiano is a Real Madrid legend and he has all my love and respect. I have never considered signing him. We look forward. #HalaMadrid,” he wrote.
Ancelotti’s tweet appears to have been prompted by a report on Monday night by Spanish TV show El Chiringuito, which claimed that a reunion between Real and Ronaldo was a possibility, three years after he left the club for Juventus in a £99.2 million deal.
Ronaldo joined Real Madrid from Manchester United in July 2009, and he went on to set a club record by scoring 450 goals in 438 games over the next nine seasons.
Ronaldo also won four Champions League trophies and two La Liga titles during his time with Real Madrid. During Ancelotti’s previous tenure as manager, the Italian won one of those Champions League trophies.
He has only 10 months left on his contract in Turin, but after Ancelotti’s intervention, Ronaldo was forced to deny rumors of a return.
“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,” the long statement ran.
“I know that the true Real Madrid fans will continue to have me in their hearts, and I will have them in mine.
“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 is ‘just talk’,” he concluded.