Modric reacts to Ronaldo’s reported Real Madrid exit

Luka Modric expects Cristiano Ronaldo to stay at Real Madrid, despite widespread reports linking him with a move to Juventus. The 33-year-old has been tipped to join the Serie A champions in a deal worth in the region of €100million, with agent Jorge Mendes suggesting Ronaldo could be tempted to leave the Spanish capital in pursuit of a new challenge. Modric, though, hopes the five-time Ballon d’Or winner commits to a 10th season with the European champions and admits he find it hard to imagine Ronaldo at another team.

“I think he’s going to stay,” said Modric.

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“That’s my opinion. It would be very good if he stays because I can’t imagine him at another European team.

“I’d like him to stay because he’s the best player in the world. He means a lot and hopefully he’ll stay. We’ll see what happens.”

Juventus’ share prices skyrocketed amid the Ronaldo reports, with the club later issuing a statement in which they said they were “evaluating several opportunities” in the transfer market. Ronaldo’s exit would reportedly encourage Madrid to pursue deals for one of Paris Saint-Germain stars Kylian Mbappe or Neymar.