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.

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.

StoryGianluigi Buffon insists Cristiano Ronaldo came to represent Juventus

Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon has said that Cristiano Ronaldo was lured to the Serie A because of the Bianconeri rather than the surroundings of Italy. The Portugal international had a wonderful first season where he scored 27 goals across all competitions and he helped the Bianconeri to win the Serie A for the eighth-season running.

Speaking to Corriere dello Sport, Buffon said that there is nothing fake about the 34-year-old and he sees the Portuguese as a professional, who is determined to achieve regular success with the Turin giants, he told: “Cristiano? I don’t think Ronaldo chose to come to Italy, he chose Juventus. If you’ll allow me to say, it’s a different reality to the others. We met up in Turin and I don’t think Ronaldo is pretending to be the perfect champion. He is simply someone who set himself personal and professional goals and spent all his life trying to achieve them. He sets the example.”

StoryRonaldo's debut season in Italy: was it a success?

Cristiano Ronaldo took the decision to leave Real Madrid behind after winning a third Champions League on the spin and head to Italy to join Juventus. It's fair to say it has been a mixed season for the 34-year-old old, especially from a player who demands so much from his team and himself.

The Portuguese star failed to register a fourth straight Champions League and he even failed to be the Serie A's top goalscorer, missing out by five goals to Fabio Quagliarella, who finished the season with 26 to his name.

StoryCahill suggests Ronaldo should win the Ballon d’Or over Messi

Former Everton star Tim Cahill has said that Cristiano Ronaldo should be awarded with the Ballon d’Or ahead of Lionel Messi this year. The Portugal international ended his nine-year association with Real Madrid to pursue a fresh challenge with Juventus and Cahill believes the attacker’s success in Turin should be acknowledged with another Ballon d’Or crown.

He said: "He left Real Madrid, went there and had such a massive impact on another league. I've never seen another player do it at Man United, Madrid for so many years. And I know he didn't win the Champions League, but he has such an impact in any club. If you can take players and put them somewhere at his age... I know people won't agree, I just appreciate his professionalism."

StoryPogba says players should not be compared with Messi and Ronaldo

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has said that players should not be compared with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, considering they are maintaining scoring statistics which are beyond the capabilities of others. One of Messi or Ronaldo had won the Ballon d’Or between 2008 and 2017 but that trend changed last year with midfielder Luka Modric bagging the accolade.

Speaking to The Manchester Evening News, Pogba suggested that Messi and Ronaldo remain the exception when it comes to performances, given they have been scoring loads of goals on a seasonal basis. He added that some of the legends of the past are being made to look average with the statistics and every player’s work should be judged with perspective.

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