Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent has spoken of a “new challenge” for his client “should Cristiano leave Real Madrid,” amid burgeoning reports that Juventus are closing in on a deal.
“If he leaves, it will be a new challenge for him,” Mendes said. “Should Cristiano leave Real Madrid he will be eternally grateful to the club, to the president, to the entire front office, the medical team and all the staff, without exception, as well as all the fans all around the world.”
Mendes’ statement is not confirmation that a move is in the cards, as he and Ronaldo have pushed for a new contract from Real Madrid for over a year and have previously used the prospect of leaving the club as leverage. In May, Ronaldo also spoke of his time at the Bernabeu in the past tense, saying, “It’s been very nice playing for Real Madrid.”
But Mendes’ comment was his agency’s first on the record amid widespread reports linking Ronaldo to a €100 million transfer to Juventus.
Earlier on Thursday, Sport Mediaset reported that Ronaldo had already agreed to a four-year contract and could be presented in Turin as early as Saturday. However, a source close to the Portugal captain said that things are not progressing nearly as quickly as that.
The source said Juventus have made an interesting proposal to Ronaldo’s representatives, but that further talks with Madrid are expected before any final decision is made.
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