Cristiano Ronaldo’s Sporting return ruled out by agent Jorge Mendes

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has ruled out Portugal forward’s return to Sporting CP this summer, saying the Juventus star will not return to his boyhood club.

Cristiano Ronaldo poses with his mother Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro. (Reuters Photo)

Cristiano Ronaldo poses with his mother Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ronaldo will not return to his boyhood club Sporting in the summer: Jorge Mendes
  • Ronaldo has one year remaining on his contract at Juventus
  • Ronaldo had been linked with a departure this summer to Sporting

Cristiano Ronaldo has no plans to make a return to Sporting CP this summer, his agent Jorge Mendes said after the Juventus forward’s mother Dolores Aveiro insisted she would try to bring him back to the Portuguese club.

Ronaldo’s future at Juventus remains unclear as only one year is remaining on his contract. He has been linked with a departure this summer to Sporting, the club where he began his senior career. Even at 36, there would be still plenty of clubs keen on signing Ronaldo, with returns to former clubs Manchester United and Real Madrid often mooted.

After Sporting clinched the Portuguese title for the first time since 2002 on Tuesday, Ronaldo’s mother Aveiro said: “I’ll talk to him to bring him back. Next year he will play in Alvalade [Sporting’s stadium].”

“Cristiano is very proud of Sporting winning the championship, as he has demonstrated publicly,” Mendes told Portuguese newspaper Record.

“But at the moment, his career plans do not go through Portugal.”

Ronaldo leads the way in the Serie A goalscoring charts this term with 28 goals, but his club Juventus have had a difficult season and could miss out on the Champions League next season. They host league champions Inter Milan later on Saturday.Also Read | Torres hat-trick fires Manchester City to 4-3 win vs Newcastle: Maybe he can play as a striker, says Guardiola

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