Cristiano Ronaldo stayed at Juventus’ training ground for just 40 minutes this morning as he said goodbye to his team-mates ahead of a sensational move to Manchester City.
The 36-year-old – who has reportedly agreed terms with the Premier League champions – arrived at the Juventus training ground at around 9:20am.
It is believed he stayed at the club for 40 minutes to bid his teammates farewell before departing ahead of their team training session scheduled for later in the day.
Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at the Juventus training ground for a decisive day of talks (above)
The 36-year-old arrived at the Juventus training ground at around 9:20am on Friday morning
The news that Ronaldo had been linked with City came less than 24 hours after Kane’s potential move to Pep Guardiola’s side fell through.
The Tottenham striker pledged his immediate future to Spurs over social media – saying he will be ‘100 per cent focused’ on helping the club achieve success this season.
As a result, Manchester City have turned their attention to Ronaldo – with negations for the Portugal international still ongoing.
According to Sky Sports, Ronaldo arrived at the Juventus training ground for a decisive day of talks at around 9:20am this morning.
Several fans were seen waiting outside the Juventus training ground to receive updates on the situation and beg their star striker to stay.
Ronaldo stayed for approximately 40 minutes before leaving ahead of the club’s team training session – due to take place later in the day.
He was present at the training ground for ’40 minutes to say goodbye to his teammates’
Ronaldo left well before the club’s training session – which was scheduled for 10:45am
With just a few days left of the transfer window, Ronaldo recognises the importance of pushing a deal through sooner rather than later. Therefore, he has taken matters into his own hands.
Sportsmail previously revealed how Ronaldo had cleared out his locker at Juventus after telling the Italian club he does not want to play for them anymore.
Ronaldo has also made himself unavailable to play for the Old Lady in their fixture against Empoli this weekend.
The news of Ronaldo’s potential departure has come as a blow to the fans, but it could be beneficial for the club as it would reduce their wage bill amid financial concerns at the club.
However, Manchester City will only sign the 36-year-old – who has 10 months left on his contract in Turin – if Juventus drop their £25million demand.
The Premier League champions will also need Ronaldo to accept a cut to his £500,000-a-week salary.
Ronaldo has tried to push a deal to City through by clearing out his locker at Juventus
City will only sign the 36-year-old – who has 10 months left on his contract in Turin – if Juventus drop their £25million demand and Ronaldo a accept a cut to his £500,000-a-week salary
While there are still plenty of obstacles to overcome for the deal to go through, City players are said to be excited about his potential arrival.
Sportsmail previously reported how the City players had been discussing the prospect of playing alongside the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Guardiola’s men have been asking Ronaldo’s Portugal and former Juve team-mate Joao Cancelo how he trains and what work he does away from the training ground.
The players have also been discussing how his recent role as an orthodox No 9 could benefit the team just as much as Harry Kane would have, if his summer moved didn’t collapse.
If he joins, Ronaldo would play alongside several City attackers such as Raheem Sterling (right)
However, the news of Ronaldo’s potential deal has come as a blow to the Manchester United fanbase.
United supporters have been left feeling ‘angry’, ‘betrayed’ and ‘shocked’ by the decision as Ronaldo developed into the world class players he is today at Old Trafford.
Sir Alex Ferguson saw Ronaldo’s potential from an early age – buying him as largely unknown player for £12.24m in 2003. He worked closely with the striker developing his skills before handing him his debut against Bolton at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo grabbed the attention of the fans with his stunning 30-minute performance – before going on to score eight goals in 39 appearances that season.
CR7 scored some stunning goals at Old Trafford during his career at the club and helped the Red Devils pick up several trophies before departing for Real Madrid in a deal worth £80m – making him the world’s most expensive player.
Manchester United fans are far from pleased to hear the news about their former player
Ronaldo (left) became a star under Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (right)
United fans always believed Ronaldo would return to Manchester, but they never believed it would be for Guardiola’s side.
As a result, they have taken to social media to vent their frustration. Many have described the move as the ‘worst’ thing that could happen to them.
One supporter Tweeted saying: ‘If Ronaldo does actually go to Man City words won’t be able to describe how devastated I will be.’
Another added: ‘Ronaldo going to Man City is a gut punch. Doesn’t matter how many years since he left United. This isn’t on par with Figo going from Barca to Madrid, but it’s like Owen going from Liverpool to United.’
Meanwhile, several fans demonstrated their anger by saying they would ‘burn’ their Ronaldo shirts if the Portuguese international joined the club over the road.