Juventus chief responds to Cristiano Ronaldo transfer rumours

Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has dismissed reports linking Cristiano Ronaldo with a transfer, insisting the forward will see out his contract at the club.

Ronaldo's contract runs until summer 2022, though speculation suggested Juventus were planning to cash-in on the 35-year-old at the end of this season.

Concerns over Ronaldo's advancing years, coupled with his huge salary and Juventus's financial problems were said to be factors behind the Serie A giants considering his sale.

PSG would be interested in a transfer if Ronaldo was for sale, while a return to Real Madrid has also been mooted.

But Paratici was adamant Ronaldo would not be going anywhere before his current deal expires.

"His future is with us, I can assure you," Paratici said on Saturday.

Addressing the speculation, he added: "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 twice for Juventus on his return to club action following the international break, firing twice in four minutes to earn his side a 2-0 win over Cagliari.

The Portuguese superstar opened the scoring on 38 minutes, skipping past two players to curl a right-footed effort inside the post, before doubling Juve's advantage with a real poachers effort from close range.

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His strikes took his tally for the season to eight goals in just four starts in Serie A, and helped Juve narrow the gap on league leaders AC Milan to just a point.

Milan face a tricky trip to fourth placed Napoli in their game in hand on Sunday, who can also claim top spot should they emerge with a win.

Juve boss Andrea Pirlo was pleased with his side's performance, stating after the match: "When you come back from the international break it is always difficult, but we returned with the right spirit from the first minute.

"We dominated the game well, we needed a game like this."

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