Saturday December 22 2018
Mendes: 'CR7 only wanted Juventus'

“Cristiano Ronaldo told me he only wanted to play for Juventus and we were in talks for months,” revealed agent Jorge Mendes.

The €100m transfer from Real Madrid was a shock to the system, but it had been in the works for a very long time.

“In January 2018, I and the few people who knew what was happening thought it would be very difficult to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to Juve,” Mendes told Rai Sport.

“However, I want to make it clear that the idea started with the player himself. Ronaldo told me he only wanted to play for Juventus.

“That’s where it began and I was in talks with the Bianconeri directors for months, so we all know how those negotiations ended up.

“Now Cristiano is happy with the club and his teammates, he is satisfied with Serie A and truly happy at Juventus.”

The Old Lady are top of the Serie A table and will face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16.

“Many have asked me about Juve and the Champions League. It will take a bit of luck to win it too, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival has certainly made Juventus stronger.

“I’d say all of Italian football has benefited from his presence.”