Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother has cleared the air over the future of her son, claiming that she will “convince” him to return to Sporting Lisbon for next season.
This comes amid intense speculation over Ronaldo’s future in Turin as Juventus struggle to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The 36-year-old has been in good form for Juventus this season, scoring 28 goals in 32 Serie A appearances for Andrea Pirlo’s side, but his future is in doubt with only one season remaining on his contract at the Old Lady.
In a video filmed by a fan at a street celebration, Ronaldo’s mother Dolores said: “I’m going to go to Turin and speak to him. Next year he will play in Alvalade, I’ll convince him and he will return.”
Sporting Lisbon recently clinched the Portuguese title, their first in 19 years, and acquiring Ronaldo will be a statement of intent as they bid to make a string impression in Europe next season.
Ronaldo came through the academy system at Sporting Lisbon and made 31 senior appearances for the Portuguese side before making his move to Manchester United in 2003.
The five-time ballon d’Or winner joined Juventus in 2018 and has won two Serie A titles, before the Old Lady were deposed this season by Inter Milan.