Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane says the rumours linking Cristiano Ronaldo with a return to the Spanish capital might be true.
Ronaldo left Real in 2018 for Juventus in a £105m deal, after winning an unprecedented three Champions League titles in a row under Zidane, who also exited the club that summer only to return nine months later.
Juventus were desperate to bring Ronaldo to Turin to replicate that success in Europe, however, the Italian champions have failed to progress beyond the quarter-final stage since the five-time Ballon d’Or winner arrived.
After last week’s elimination from the Champions League by underdogs Porto, talk has grown that the move away from Madrid was a mistake and that Ronaldo is destined to return to the club this summer.
“Yes, it may be [true],” Zidane told Sky in Italy, when asked about the rumours linking Ronaldo with a return to Real.
“We know Cristiano, we know the person he is and everything he has done here.
“But now he’s a Juventus player and we must respect this.
“Now, let’s see what the future will be. I was lucky enough to coach him and he is very impressive. Right now, he’s helping Juventus.”
Juventus’ CEO Fabio Paratici has, however, dismissed speculation that the forward might leave the club, insisting that Ronaldo represents the future of the Italian club.