Cristiano Ronaldo will not return to his boyhood club, Sporting Lisbon in the summer, his super agent Jorge Mendes has said.
The comment by Mendes comes after the Juventus forward’s mother, Dolores Aveiro insisted she would try to convince him to come back to the Portuguese club.
Ronaldo, 36, has one year remaining on his contract at Juventus but has been linked with a departure this summer to Manchester United, PSG and Sporting, the club where he began his senior career.
After Sporting Lisbon clinched the Portuguese title for the first time since 2002 on Tuesday, Ronaldo’s mother Aveiro said “next year he (Ronaldo) will play in Alvalade (Sporting’s stadium).”
However, his agent stated that Ronaldo’s career plans do not go through Portugal: “Cristiano is very proud of Sporting winning the championship, as he has demonstrated publicly,” Mendes told Portuguese newspaper Record.
“But at the moment, his career plans do not go through Portugal.”
Ronaldo leads the way in the Serie A goalscoring charts this term with 28 goals, but his club Juventus could miss out on the Champions League next season.