Agnelli: ‘Ronaldo will stay at Juventus’

    Juventus bigwig Andrea Agnelli has no doubts Cristiano Ronaldo will stay put in Turin beyond the summer despite club suffered a disappointing Champions Leauge elimination

    Juventus failed to overcome a 1-0 first-leg deficit to Lyon, picking up a 2-1 win at the Allianz Arena on Friday night, which proved insufficient for their quarter-finals ambition.

    Memphis Depay converted a controversial spot-kick 12 minutes into the clash to give Lyon a massive 2-0 aggregate lead going forward.

    Although Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace eventually sealed a win for reigning Serie A champions, the Ligue 1 side progressed from their last-16 tie on the away goal rule.

    Another underwhelming Champions League campaign has led to speculations about Ronaldo’s early departure from Turin.

    The 35-year-old Portuguese superstar signed for Juventus as part of the club’s efforts to lift the Champions League crown after a 24-year drought.

    Since their quests ended prematurely in both of Ronaldo’s seasons at the club, rumors indicated former Real Madrid talisman is trying to force a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

    With very few top-tier years left in his legs, the Sporting Lisbon youth academy graduate will not face many more chances of winning what would be a record-equalling sixth trophy.

    However, Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli is confident Ronaldo will be playing in Turin for years to come.

    “I am entirely convinced he will stay,’ he told Sky Sport Italia, as relayed by the Daily Mirror.

    “I think the report [from France Football] was down to an interview from several months ago, which just happened to be published just before we played against a French team. It’s an old media trick.

    “No, I can assure you that Ronaldo remains a pillar of Juventus.”

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