Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri says Cristiano Ronaldo has ‘even more responsibility’ and warns he will ‘need to rotate’ next season.
Allegri spoke to the media during his unveiling press conference at the Allianz Stadium.
The former Milan coach returned to Turin, signing a four-year deal with the Old Lady. He had spent five seasons at the club, winning 11 trophies and reaching the Champions League Final twice during his first spell at the club.
Now, the future of Cristiano Ronaldo appears to be up in the air with reports linking him with a move to PSG, but Allegri believes the Portuguese star will remain in Turin.
The former Real Madrid star began his pre-season at Continassa yesterday.
“Ronaldo is a great player and a smart guy. I spoke to him yesterday as I did with the others,” the Italian tactician said.
“I told him that this is an important season and that I am happy to meet him again, now he has more responsibility, because three years ago we had a more experienced team, while now there are younger players,” he continued.
“I expect a lot from him in terms of responsibility, he is in good condition and he is fit.
“There are different moments in a season, playing one game every three days I’ll need to rotate the team, involving all the players,” he continued.
“I imagine the players’ management wasn’t easy during the last year and a half.
“Dybala is also very fit, physically and mentally. He is a player who can score goals, even 20 or 25 each season,” insisted Allegri.
Both Dybala and Ronaldo’s contracts expire in June 2022 and the Argentinean’s agent landed in Turin on Monday to open negotiations with the Bianconeri. Allegri expects Dybala to play a key role in his team next season.
“Paulo can take free kicks, so he can make the difference. In terms of his experience at Juve, he can be the vice-captain because Bonucci left Juventus and returned,” the coach claimed.
“I expect a lot from him, I’ve spoken to him and he is very motivated. There is enthusiasm and this is the most important thing.”