“I Want To Leave Immediately”- Juventus Director Opens Up on Abrupt Cristiano Ronaldo Exit

Published 09/10/2021, 11:04 AM EDT


Cristiano Ronaldo forced a late move in the transfer window to Manchester United, leaving Juventus with a mere 3 days to fill the massive gap to fill. As crazy as the transfer window was this summer, the Turin-based club could not muster a high-profile name as the replacement for the ex-Real Madrid talisman. By deadline day, they could only complete the signing of the young and highly talented Italian forward, Moise Kean.

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TURIN, ITALY – AUGUST 14: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus FC looks on during the Pre-Season Friendly Match between Juventus and Atalanta Bergamo at Allianz Stadium on August 14, 2021 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Sportinfoto/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

 He’s not CR7 replacement” – Juve director on Moise Kean

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While CR7’s move came as a shock to many, what was even shocking was Juventus placing bets on Moise Kean to act as his replacement. Revealing the truth behind both these notions, Federico Cherubini, Juventus Sporting Director, said to Tutto Sport [via Fabrizio Romano], “Cristiano Ronaldo told us: ‘I want to leave immediately. And so we immediately thought of anticipating the future signing Kean from Everton. He’s not CR7 replacement but part of a new project to keep winning”

“Haaland is a regret for Juventus” reveals Cherubini

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Soccer Football – World Cup – UEFA Qualifiers – Group G – Latvia v Norway – Daugava Stadium, Riga, Latvia – September 4, 2021 Norway’s Erling Haaland shoots at goal REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

Juventus over the past two years has made an emphasis on signing young talents with huge potential. Moreover, they haven’t shied away from spending big on such youngsters. Be it the signing of Federico Chiesa for 60 million euros or Locatelli for 35 million euros, the Old Lady spends money when required. Speaking of young talents, Erling Haaland is shaping up to be one of the top players in the sport, and accordingly, has many suitors.

It is no secret that Juventus were very close to signing Haaland before his move to RB Salzburg. When quipped about that, Cherubini said, “Haaland is a regret for Juventus. We wanted him years ago but he wasn’t attracted by potential loan.” Responding to the question of whether Juve will be interested in buying Haaland next summer, he replied, “Buy Haaland now? We’re going to look for players like Erling before maturing – even if I wouldn’t want to preclude anything”

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Clearly, Juventus are focusing on youth for the coming future, and so far, it has worked well for them.

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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is a Football and NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xaviers College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite football club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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