Man Utd’s Cristiano Ronaldo transfer hopes dashed by Juventus star Danilo

Cristiano Ronaldo has been the subject of transfer speculation all summer amid reports the five-time Balon D’or winner is unhappy at Juventus. 

The 36-year-old has entered the final 12 months of his Juve contract and has been touted with a return to Manchester United, eleven years after he departed Old Trafford. 

Recent reports from Italy have suggested Ronaldo could be sold this summer as the Serie A outfit try to prevent the superstar from leaving on a free this time next year. 

Given the Portuguese international’s astronomical wages, there are only a select few clubs that could afford to entice him from Turin, with Paris Saint-Germain another side linked. 

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer was thought to be serious about overseeing a remarkable return to Manchester for Ronaldo, but any hopes of a transfer this season appear to be over. 

This is due to comments made by Danilo, Ronaldo’s Juve teammate, who claimed the forward would “still be with us next season”. 

The Brazilian defender told Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport: “Having him in the team is important for us because he brings an avalanche of goals, and besides, he’s a dear friend, we’ve known each other since Real Madrid. 

“He’ll still be with us next season.” 

Danilo is not the only figure from Juve to publicly issue an update over Ronaldo’s future, newly appointed sporting director Federico Cherubini echoed Danilo’s sentiments. 

“We haven’t had any indication on the part of Cristiano Ronaldo [that he wants to leave],” Cherubini told Italian media. 

“We don’t need to talk about a transfer and Juventus do not want to sell him. We’re talking about a player who scored 36 goals in 44 games last season. 

“We’re very happy that Ronaldo will be with the squad after his holiday.” 

Ronaldo will have to put his Euro 2020 disappointment behind him by the time he returns to Turin, with Portugal eliminated at the round of 16 stage by Belgium. 

The Portugal skipper bagged five goals at the tournament but ultimately fell short as his nation failed to retain their European Championship crown. 

His fortunes have not fared much better at club level recently, with Juventus just scraping Champions League qualification last term. 

Their fourth placed league finish represented quite the fall from grace and ended nine-years of successive Serie A titles.