Miralem Pjanic puts ends to Barcelona and Man City rumours by signing Juventus extension

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Miralem Pjanic has signed a new five-year deal with Juventus.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina midfielder has spent the past two seasons with the Bianconeri and has agreed to stay until the end of the 2022/23 campaign.

Pjanic, 28, has helped Juve won the Serie A and Coppa Italia double in both of his seasons at the club following five productive but trophy-less years at Roma.

A statement on the club website read: “Juventus are delighted to announce that Miralem Pjanic has renewed his contract at the club until 2023.

“Since arriving prior to the 2016/17 season, Pjanic has become an increasingly-integral part of the Bianconeri midfield, providing pin-point passes across the pitch while firing free-kicks into the back of the net with outstanding consistency.”

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Massimiliano Allegri admits Juventus are 'still getting to know' Cristiano Ronaldo

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Managing a superstar: Allegri and Ronaldo.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri accepts it will take time for Cristiano Ronaldo to fully settle in after his side battled to a dramatic 3-2 victory at Chievo, which shows how hard their serie a title defence will be.

Portugal forward and Ballon d’Or holder Ronaldo took centre stage at the Bentegodi on his competitive debut following a €100m summer transfer from Real Madrid.

However, it needed a huge team effort and a last-gasp winner from the defending champions to secure three points in Verona.

Following a minute’s silence in memory of the victims of Tuesday’s bridge collapse in Genoa, Sami Khedira gave Juve an early lead, which was cancelled out by a towering header from Mariusz Stepinski.

Chievo went 2-1 ahead from the penalty spot early in the second half through a penalty from former Juve winger Emanuele Giaccherini, only for an own goal by defender Mattia Bani to level things up again.

Substitute Mario Mandzukic thought he had won it with a late header, given by goal-line technology, only for the effort to be ruled out following a referral by the Video Assistant Referee after Chievo goalkeeper Stefano

Sorrentino had taken a heavy blow from Ronaldo in the build-up.

Juve, aiming to deliver a record eighth successive serie a crown, showed the spirit of champions to score a legitimate winner deep into five minutes of stoppage time when substitute Federico Bernardeschi turned in a low cross from Alex Sandro.

“It makes us realise how tough it’s going to be to win the league again,” Allegri said afterwards to the club website.

“We made a lot of mistakes today and let our focus drop. You think you’re in control and you ease off a touch, then you let your opponents get crosses in, you defend badly and you end up conceding.

“In any case, a game like that will only do us good because it makes us realise how tough it’s going to be to win the league again.”

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Allegri accepts it will take time for his men to find their rhythm alongside a their new talisman.

“We’ve only had the whole squad training together for seven days,” he said.

“We’re still getting to know (Cristiano) Ronaldo. He linked up well with (Paulo) Dybala today and I was impressed by how easily he slotted into the team.

“It’s a shame he couldn’t score himself, but Sorrentino denied him a couple of times. He was happy we got the win anyway.

“(Joao) Cancelo played well in the first half, then he gave away the penalty and felt guilty about it – but you mustn’t get down over something like that.”

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Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri impressed by 'ease' of seamless Cristiano Ronaldo debut

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Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri was wowed by the “ease” of Cristiano Ronaldo’s acclimatisation as his Serie A debut ended with a 3-2 win against Chievo.

All eyes were on the Portugal forward following his €100 million (Dh420.5m) summer transfer from Real Madrid – but it needed a team effort from the defending champions to secure three points in Verona.

Sami Khedira put the visitors in front after just three minutes, before Mariusz Stepinski equalised with a towering header.

Chievo went 2-1 ahead from the penalty spot early in the second half through a penalty from former Juve winger Emanuele Giaccherini, before an own goal from defender Mattia Bani levelled things up again.

Substitute Mario Mandzukic thought he had won it with a late header, given by goalline technology, only for the effort to be ruled out following a referral by the Video Assistant Referee.

The decision, following a lengthy review on the pitchside monitor by Fabrizio Pasqua, appeared to be for a handball from Ronaldo in the build-up, which saw Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino take a heavy blow and eventually need to be replaced.

Juve, though, showed the spirit of champions to score a legitimate winner deep into five minutes of stoppage time when Bernardeschi turned in a low cross from Alex Sandro.

“Cristiano held up well on his debut, it’s a pity he didn’t score but he worked well with the team after only seven days together,” said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.

“I was struck by how at ease he was in the team, he was very happy with the win at the end, he had a good match.

“It’s a victory that we needed, to get us into the championship.”

Ronaldo’s eight attempts on goal was the most by any Juve players. His new employers will hope to see this statistic soon reflected in the goals-scored column.

“We let our focus dip after the first goal, we thought we had the match in the bag,” said Allegri.

“Ronaldo had several shots on target today, Sorrentino made several saves, there were also some good movements that were not rewarded by the midfielders.

“He pulled a lot, he moved between the lines, but he was not being served on several occasions.

“We were caught napping on the equaliser and did better with Bernardeschi and Mandzukic coming on towards the end,” added Allegri.

“We need to find balance, but the most important thing is not to fall asleep when we’re doing well.”

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