Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a shock Barcelona move – but those reports have been quickly played down by his inner circle.
Spanish football expert Guillem Balague claimed that Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has put his name out there with Barcelona amongst those contacted.
The speculation led to excitement over a potential link-up between Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, arguably the two greatest players of all-time.
But, according to AS, Ronaldo’s camp have rubbished those rumours and claimed Ronaldo and his family are “very happy” in Turin.
They say he has no intention to leave the club, who he has just helped to a ninth straight Serie A title, with his contract running until 2022.
The 33-year-old is eyeing a sixth Champions League crown with Juventus and will have Andrea Pirlo at the helm after the sacking of Maurizio Sarri last week.
Ballague, however, claimed Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain were contacted over Ronaldo amid claims the club want to reduce their wage bill.
“The reason why Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked to PSG is not so much that PSG are thinking of getting him, it is because Jorge Mendes has been given instructions to find a team for Ronaldo,” Balague told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“We’ve seen this in the last six months, he was linked to Real Madrid.
“They said no chance, he’s not coming back.
“And there’s been talks about the MLS because Juventus want to get rid of that wage.
“It is as drastic as that. He’s been offered everywhere, including Barcelona.”