Juventus boss Pirlo explains Ronaldo stance amid Man Utd talk

Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo has insisted that Cristiano Ronaldo is focused on finishing the season on a high amid reports of a potentially stunning return to Manchester United.

Pirlo's side are in serious danger of missing out on next season's Champions League, despite the brilliance of Ronaldo this term.

The Old Lady need to beat Bologna on Sunday evening and hope Napoli and AC Milan falter just to have a chance of playing in Europe's elite competition.

Ronaldo was signed from Real Madrid three years ago to push Juventus towards a Champions League triumph and failure to qualify for next season's competition will put the Portuguese icon's future in doubt.

The 36-year-old is the Serie A's leading goalscorer this term on 29 goals, six ahead of former United striker Romelu Lukaku.

And The Athletic report that United are monitoring Ronaldo's future ahead of this summer's transfer window.

But Pirlo has reiterated that Ronaldo is not letting speculation distract him after last week's Coppa Italia final win over Atalanta.

"I see him still in the ‘Bianconero’ jersey and focused,” Pirlo said in his pre-match press conference.

“He proved it the other night, sacrificing himself because he wanted to win the Coppa Italia. I see him focused on tomorrow, then there’s time to discuss the rest.”

Meanwhile, Pirlo is also under huge pressure amid the threat of a shock failure to qualify for the Champions League.

The inexperienced Italian boss has lifted silverware and he does not believe substandard domestic form will cost him his job.

“I don’t think the club will decide my future based on what happens tomorrow,” Pirlo added.

“They have an idea of what has worked and what has not worked this season. You don’t make decisions just by looking at one last game.”

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