Ronaldo On The Move
Speculation over the future of Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to build after the Portugal star was not among the players pictured as part of the release of Real Madrid’s new kits for 2018-19.
The new home and away shirts for next season were shown on, modelled by players including club captain Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Keylor Navas, Toni Kroos and Isco.
Ronaldo did not feature but Gareth Bale, who admitted after the Champions League final that he is considering his future, was used in the photos and accompanying video.
The absence of Ronaldo is expected to prompt further talk of a possible transfer before the start of next season, after he suggested following the 3-1 win over Liverpool that his time at the club could be coming to an end.
Pjaca Unsure Of Juve Future
Marko Pjaca has cast doubt on his long-term future at Juventus following his disappointing loan spell with Schalke.
The Croatia international managed only seven appearances in the Bundesliga after joining during the January transfer window on a deal until the end of the season.
Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri had hoped to see Pjaca return to Turin a rejuvenated figure, with the 23-year-old having missed much of 2017 with a cruciate ligament injury.
However, the winger admits he is unsure where he will be playing once Croatia’s World Cup campaign comes to an end.
“The loan to Schalke didn’t turn out to be what I wanted, but we can’t change that now,” he told RTL.
“I still don’t know where I will play next season. A lot depends on the World Cup, too.”
Sterling Explains Gun Tattoo
Raheem Sterling says his controversial tattoo of a gun is partly a tribute to his father, who was killed when he was only two years old.
The Manchester City winger was criticised by some social media users and anti-gun campaigners after he was seen with an assault rifle inked on his leg during England training on Monday.
The 23-year-old moved to calm the backlash on his official Instagram page, though, explaining there is a “deeper meaning” behind the tattoo.
He also underlined his vow to “never touch a gun” following the loss of his father, who was shot dead.
Sterling’s father was reportedly killed outside the family home in Kingston, Jamaica.
Suarez Wishes Salah Fast Recovery
Luis Suarez hopes Egypt star Mohamed Salah is fit to face Uruguay in their World Cup opener next month.
Salah, 25, is battling a shoulder injury suffered in Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid on Saturday.
The star forward – who scored 44 goals in 2017-18 – has remained optimistic he will be ready for the showpiece event, but there remains uncertainty over his fitness as he prepares to travel to Spain for treatment.
While the absence of Salah would boost Uruguay’s chances in their Group A opener on June 15, Suarez hopes the forward is fit to play.
“Carvajal Will Be Fit For World Cup”
Spain full-back Dani Carvajal will be fighting to play in his team’s World Cup opener, according to coach Julen Lopetegui.
Carvajal suffered a hamstring injury during Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Liverpool in the Champions League final on Saturday.
The setback sparked fears the 26-year-old – capped 15 times by Spain – would miss the World Cup.
Lopetegui said he would give the full-back every chance to prove his fitness, adding there was hope Carvajal could face Portugal in their World Cup opener on June 15.