Juventus manager, Max Allegri, has insisted that Cristiano Ronaldo is the future of the club, even if he cannot guarantee a Champions League triumph.
Ronaldo scored his 26th goal of the season against Ajax on Tuesday, but it was not enough to prevent a 2-1 defeat that sent Juve crashing out of the competition at the quarter-final stage.
There are reports the Serie A champions are prepared to spend heavily in the transfer window to overhaul the squad and make them serious Champions League contenders, with Ronaldo furious after their defeat.
There have also been suggestions the 34-year-old will only commit to playing for Juve until the end of next season, despite having signed a four-year contract when he joined from Real Madrid last July in a €112million deal.
Allegri, however, says Ronaldo is “calm” despite the disappointment of the Ajax defeat.
“Ronaldo has had an incredible season.
“The Champions League is over – the result is that we were knocked out. Ronaldo plus Juventus does not guarantee the Champions League. There are so many components in football.
“He is the future of Juventus. He has done well this year and will do great things next year. He’s disappointed but he’s calm about it, like everyone else,” Allegri told a news conference on Friday.