Juventus had no choice but to sell Cristiano Ronaldo after he demanded to leave the club last month, according to the club’s football director Federico Cherubini, but has said that the fans don’t have to worry as they are refocusing their energies to bring up a new era of youth players.
The 36-year-old all time great joined Manchester United, after spending three years in Turin where he won two Serie A titles and scored 101 goals for the team.
Cherubini told Tuttosport that suddenly there were no conditions that could keep him in the club and once Ronaldo spoke to them about this matter, there was no other possible ending to this saga. He added that Ronaldo was very direct in expressing his wish to move and Juventus cannot force a player to stay in a club he doesn’t want to, hence he was sold.
Moise Kean returned to his old club in this transfer window from Merseyside club, Everton after two years. Cherubini was very upbeat about the signing of the 21-year-old as he said that it was not a straight swap and the thought running through him was not how to replace Ronaldo when he left. He added that Kean is not a replacement but an element to continue winning with another project and Ronaldo’s sale closed a cycle with Kean’s purchase being an example of a youngster who came through the youth ranks of the club and acts as an example for those who are now part of it.
Cherubini is pretty hopeful that Paulo Dybala will sign a new contract with the club. However, he regretted the club falling out with 21-year-old sensation Erling Haaland when they approached him in Molde but the latter found the loan system off-putting, according to the director of football.