Juventus: Pirlo comments on Ronaldo's display
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Juventus are reportedly planning a major overhaul this summer and at the moment, Cristiano Ronaldo is not a concrete part of those plans. The Italian giants are already beginning to draw up elaborate plans for their squad following their embarrassing Champions League exit at the hands of Porto.
The Old Lady trailed 2-1 from the first leg at the Estadio do Dragao but were eventually beaten on away goals (4-4 on aggregate) following one of the best knockout ties in recent memory.
Federico Chiesa scored twice following Sergio Oliveira’s opener in Turin but the Portuguese midfielder scored a stunning low free-kick in extra-time to wreck Juve’s European dream.
Adrien Rabiot pulled one back immediately but Andrea Pirlo’s failed to do enough to get over the line, as Porto reached the last eight.
According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the former Italian midfielder has already decided that he would like to stay in charge next season.
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Juventus reportedly want to build their team around four names, with Ronaldo left off the untouchables list.
“Juventus are planning to rebuild the team,” Romano tweeted. “[Weston] McKennie, Chiesa, [Matthijs] de Ligt, [Wojciech] Szczesny will be part of the project.
“There will be a discussion with Cristiano Ronaldo on his future [contract expiring in 2022]. [Aaron] Ramsey could leave the club. Pirlo already announced he’s staying.”
Ronaldo was brought to the club to help them win the Champions League but ultimately the transfer has proved a failure.
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Since his lucrative £88.3million switch from Real Madrid in 2018, Juventus have crashed out of the Champions League to Ajax, Lyon and now Porto respectively.
All of those ties were originally deemed favourable draws but now Juventus appear to have regressed.
Director Fabio Paratici admitted that Ronaldo’s future is not the priority, when quizzed on the Portuguese’s future.
He said: “There’s still another year of contract [expiring in June 2022]. Cristiano’s contract renewal is not an immediate issue on the agenda, there’s time to talk about it.”
The former Manchester United forward was heavily criticised in the aftermath of the defeat, for his involvement in the wall that failed to block Oliveira’s free-kick.
Ronaldo turned his back on the strike that crept in past Szczesny after going under the wall.
Former England manager Fabio Capello labelled the goal as “unforgivable” on Ronaldo’s behalf.
“That was an unforgivable error,” Capello told Sky Sport Italia.
“In my day, you chose the players who went into the wall and they couldn’t be someone afraid of the ball.
“They were scared of the ball and jumped away from it, turning their backs. That’s unforgivable. You see only the youngest players actually stepped in and showed their face during the tough moments.
“In this team, there are some veterans who turn up when they win to take the credit, then are nowhere to be seen when they lose.”
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