Ronaldo’s agent rules out Portugal return for Juventus star

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward had been linked with a dramatic return to his boyhood club

Cristiano Ronaldo has no plans to make a return to Sporting CP this summer, according to his agent Jorge Mendes.

The 36-year-old’s future at Juventus is increasingly uncertain with speculation a summer move is in the offing as he prepares to enter the final 12 months of his contract in Turin.

Some of that speculation suggested the forward could make a dramatic return to his boyhood club Sporting, though Mendes has moved quickly to quash those claims.

It was Ronaldo’s mother, Dolores Aveiro, who helped to fuel rumours about a return to Sporting earlier this week.

Speaking to supporters about her son’s future from her balcony as they celebrated Sporting’s first Primeira Liga title success since 2002, she said: “I’ll talk to him to bring him back. Next year he will play in Alvalade [Sporting’s stadium].”

However, it appears even Ronaldo’s mother cannot persuade the forward to return to his homeland just yet, even if he has previously indicated he would like to end his career there.

Responding to the rumours, Mendes told Record: “Cristiano is proud of the title won by Sporting, in fact, as he has publicly demonstrated. But at the moment his career plans do not go through Portugal”.

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