Even as Juventus prepare for their second Serie A match against Empoli in Turin, speculation about the future of Cristiano Ronaldo's club has dominated the world headlines.
Things have changed dramatically compared to last week, as coach Massimiliano Allegri said that Cristiano Ronaldo had promised to stay in Turin and lead his Serie A campaign. Media reports in Italy have claimed that Ronaldo is looking to get away from Juventus and has told the club that he wants to leave before the summer transfer window closes on August 31.
In fact, Ronaldo himself denied the rumors about the future of his club, calling the speculation disrespectful towards him and the clubs involved in the rumors.
However, Manchester City have become the favorites to sign Ronaldo even as the transfer window comes to an end. According to the report, Juventus have not yet received any official offer, but Pep Guardiola's team in the Premier League could make an offer.
It was also reported that Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes met with Juventus officials earlier this week to design a transfer. It is said that Juventus wants fees and that could be a problem because the money is around 25 million euros.
AFP cited media reports in Italy that Ronaldo has cleaned up his locker dressing room at juventus and is reluctant to prepare to face Empoli this weekend.
In fact, it was also rumored that Ronaldo would return to Real Madrid, but the Portugal star confirmed in his Instagram message that his real chapter has been written. In endless speculation, Ronaldo was also tipped to return to Manchester United and even unite with Lionel Messi at Paris Saint-Germain. Even Ronaldo's teammates say they have no idea if Ronaldo will be with them after that date.
"He hasn't told me anything about his future and we don't know if he will stay, but I hope he will stay for a long time," said 19-year-old Caio Jorge, who just joined from Brazil's Santos.
"Cristiano Ronaldo has always been an inspiration to me. I will be by his side every day to learn as much as possible from him."
Ronaldo didn't start in Juventus' opening game against Udinese last week, amid reports that he asked to be on the bench. When he participated in the second half, is injury-time goal was ruled out and the match ended 2-2.
Both the club and coach Massimiliano Allegri insisted that it was the coach's decision to keep Ronaldo on the bench initially.