Cristiano Ronaldo: Santos happy to advise star on future
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Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a dramatic return to Manchester United in recent weeks, with Juventus at risk of failing to qualify for next season’s Champions League. The Serie A giants are currently sat fourth in the league, but they are only ahead of AC Milan on goal difference.
Should they fail to qualify for Europe’s top competition, Ronaldo could leave in the summer and both United and PSG are said to be interested in the 36-year-old.
Ronaldo is not the only Juventus star that the Red Devils have been linked with recently, with Dejan Kulusevski also on their radar.
According to Italian outlet Calciomercato, United have made an approach for the winger which was rejected by Juventus, who are desperate to keep the 21-year-old.
Kulusevski has made 41 appearances for Juventus so far this season, netting six goals and providing four assists.
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The Swedish international has not been at his best, but manager Andrea Pirlo has full faith in the player.
“He is reacting as a champion,” Pirlo said last month.
“It’s natural when coming to Juventus aged 20 that there’s more pressure and every pass seems important.
“He is proving himself to be a champion in his mentality even quicker than he proves it on the field, so I expect great things.”
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Kulusevski spoke earlier this month about his struggles, saying: “It is important now to find some confidence.
“That’s what has been missing a bit in this period, so let me work a little in peace and I continue to work every day to play better and help the team win.”
Kulusevski’s team-mate Matthijs de Ligt has insisted the squad remains confident of a strong finish to the season.
Speaking after Juventus’ 1-1 draw with Fiorentina on Sunday, De Ligt proclaimed that they were aiming to finish second.
“We are disappointed with the result in Florence, we must do more to get the three points,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“We need more intensity, more courage with the ball. We have to defend better.
“We were thinking about the Scudetto, but now the target is to finish second. We are strong and we must aim high.
“Our focus is on second place.”
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