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Cristiano Ronaldo will be given a new role by Real Madrid when he retires, according to reports. The Juventus star has been linked with a move back to Spain ahead of the summer transfer window. However, that doesn’t appear likely to happen at the current moment in time.

Ronaldo has been in fine form for Juventus this season, already scoring over 30 goals across all competitions.

However, he’s been tipped to leave the Old Lady behind ever since their Champions League exit to Porto earlier in the month.

Real Madrid have been linked as a result, with Los Blancos yet to sufficiently replace the 36-year-old since his move away nearly three years ago.

Yet OkDiario say the La Liga giants don’t want to re-sign Ronaldo, with their preference instead being to land either Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland.

The report does say, however, that Real want to have Ronaldo as an ambassador for the club in the future.

And it’s also stated that Wolves are in the frame to sign the 36-year-old, with Ronaldo open to returning to the Premier League.

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It’s claimed Madrid are furious with the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, who they believe is planting links.

And they won’t be going after Ronaldo this summer, meaning Wolves could make a sensational move for the forward instead.

During his first stint in England, the Juventus star spent six years at Manchester United.

He was a substantial hit at Old Trafford, too, propelling the club to three straight Premier League titles as well as the 2008 Champions League crown.

But Express Sport understands the Red Devils don’t intend to pursue their ex-No 7, with Haaland currently their priority target.

Wolves have signed several Mendes clients in recent years and Ronaldo could be the next.

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Speaking earlier in the season, Watford striker Troy Deeney expressed a belief that the Portugal international should contemplate a move to Molineux.

“I think I was more looking at a club like Wolves with the Portugal connection,” he said on talkSPORT.

“That would probably work.

“Whoever is getting him is getting an unbelievable talent. This season I think six in four he has already got in Serie A. You are not going to get the same Ronaldo you had at Manchester United. I think that’s always going to be the comparison.

“You look at Gareth Bale, for example, he has gone back to Tottenham. You’re comparing him already to the one that left to go to Madrid.

“You are still going to get goals from Ronaldo and you are still going to get goals from Bale. That’s going to be the forefront of everyone’s mind, is he to that level?

“If he’s available, I would be very surprised if there wasn’t a top ten club trying to sign him in the Premier League.”

He then added: “I like Wolves. It is the odd one out [compared to the clubs Ronaldo has played at]. If he went to America and went to LA Galaxy. We would go ‘oh, that’s a bit strange’.

“I think Wolves are creating something there with the players that they have where they will push for the top six in the next few years.

“Then, of course, as I said the Portugal connection and there are so many positives. If you want to go to the next level then that’s the player you need to go for.”

Meanwhile, Juventus chief Pavel Nedved has moved to play down talk of Ronaldo potentially leaving the club.

“For me, Ronaldo can’t be touched,” Nedved said in an interview with DAZN. “He has a contract until June 30, 2022 and will stay. What happens after that remains to be seen.

“Cristiano, both technically and in terms of image, pushed us towards the peak of football.

“On a technical level, you can’t fault him. He’s scored more than 100 goals in 120 games and he dragged us into the Champions League.

“We can criticise him – we all have to be open to criticism when we make a mistake – but to question his numbers and what he gives us in every game, for me, isn’t fair.

“He’s a simple guy, even if it doesn’t seem like that from the outside.

“Kids will study his physique and his career. He’s the prototype of the modern player who, with immense talent and a lot of work, has achieved incredible goals.”

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