StoryMaurizio Sarri hails Juventus goalscorers in Serie A win at Sampdoria

Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri has heaped praise on Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo following the club’s 2-1 triumph over Sampdoria on the road. The Bianconeri opened the scoring through a wonderful left-footed volley from Dybala but Sampdoria managed to level the proceedings through Gianluca Caprari in the 35th minute.

StoryBuffon lauds Ronaldo and Higuain after Bayer Leverkusen win

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has heaped praise on Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain following the club’s 2-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the final game of the Champions League group stage. Prior to the game, the Bianconeri had cemented their progress to the next round with the top spot but they still came up with a resolute display with Ronaldo and Higuain scoring in the final 15 minutes.

StoryDybala has a good relationship with Ronaldo

A lot has been made about Paulo Dybala and the dynamic between him and Cristiano Ronaldo with many of the suspicions being centred around them having a fractious relationship. It’s not hard to see how certain people have arrived at this conclusion as the 26-year-old is beginning to take the limelight for himself at Juventus after a string of impressive performances for the Turin side.

Then you add the fact that Dybala shares an international dressing room with Lionel Messi and the whole affair does get somewhat convoluted. The individual rivalry that Ronaldo and Messi share is probably the most competitive in world sport and as for the debate about who is the greatest? Well, that is forever rumbling on and is fiercely argued regardless of which side you're on.

StoryDybala has a good relationship with Ronaldo

StoryGonzalo Higuain predicts bright future ahead for Lautaro Martinez

Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain has hailed the qualities of Lautaro Martinez and believes his compatriot could have an extraordinary career ahead. The Argentina international was a regular for the Nerazzurri upfront last season but his gametime has reduced this term with summer signing Romelu Lukaku regarded as the first-choice striker under manager Maurizio Sarri.

Speaking to Fox Sports, Higuain said that Martinez is a very strong player but he needs to be strong minded in order to overcome the criticism towards his performances, he told: “Lautaro Martinez is a very strong player, he plays in a strong team in Italy in Inter. Lautaro is good and he must be strong minded in order to overcome the potential difficulties and criticism. I hope he has an extraordinary career. The conditions for him to have one are certainly all there. The fans expect the centre forward to always score goals. If you do not score then you will be criticised even if you have had a good game.”

StoryThe agent of Juventus star confirms transfer interest from Manchester United

The representative of Douglas Costa has acknowledged that the attacker was on the radar of Manchester United during the recently concluded summer transfer window. The experienced winger was earmarked as one of the prime candidates to bolster the Red Devils attack but Bianconeri boss Maurizio Sarri is said to have blocked the player’s departure.

Speaking to The Mail, agent Giovanni Branchini revealed that the Red Devils have been on the trail of the Brazil international for somewhile but they have not been able to convince the Bianconeri into a sale, he said: “I sincerely say that Allegri and Sarri have never thought of letting him go. The interest of Manchester United was strong, a club that has always been interested in the Brazilian. It was not the only club but in England it was certainly the most active team on the trail of Douglas Costa.”

StoryCristiano Ronaldo says he was too comfortable at Real Madrid

Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has said that he was too comfortable at Real Madrid and that prompted the decision to part ways with the club last summer. The 34-year-old spent nine seasons with the Bernabeu giants where he contributed more than 400 goals while winning numerous trophies including four Champions League titles.

In an interview covered by the Italian media, Ronaldo revealed that he did not like to remain in the comfort zone and indicated that winning a trophy with the Madrid giants had become more of a routine, he said: “I don’t like being in the comfort zone. At Real Madrid I was too comfortable, I had already won so much that each new title was just one more, and the routine always the same.”

StoryCan Hazard replace Ronaldo's goals for Real Madrid?

It has been a year since Cristiano Ronaldo decided to leave Real Madrid and head to Italy, to seek a new challenge with Serie A champions Juventus.

Since his departure, it hasn't been a happy camp at the Bernabeu as they failed to win any silverware last season; the worst part was they were embarrassed by Ajax in the Champions League, losing 4-1 at home and 5-3 on aggregate, leaving Real unable to defend their trophy.

StorySteve Nicol urges Arsenal to gamble with the signing of Daniele Rugani

Liverpool legend Steve Nicol believes Arsenal need to add a central defender to their ranks this summer and Daniele Rugani could prove a quality addition to the squad. The Italian has spent his entire career with Juventus but he is understood to be considering his future with the big-money arrival of Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax.

Speaking to ESPN FC, Nicol highlighted that the Gunners are still having a weak link at the back and they need to sort out the issue ahead of the new campaign. He added that Rugani could be a useful option to strengthen the central defensive department, although the club may have to take the gamble on the 24-year-old, considering he has not played an extended run of games with the Old Lady.

StoryMatthijs de Ligt keen on Juventus move, says agent

Super-agent Mino Raiola has said that Matthijs de Ligt is keen on making the switch to Juventus this summer, although he won’t push through the departure from Ajax. The Serie A holders have been widely touted to land De Ligt in the transfer window but so far, they have failed with their initial approach for the Dutchman.

Speaking to De Telegraaf, Raiola revealed that De Ligt has an agreement to leave Ajax as per the discussions held during the previous campaign. He added that an arbitration case for the defender remains out of question and the centre-back is hopeful of making the switch to Turin with the blessings from the Dutch champions.

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