Cristiano Ronaldo backed to play until he's 40 by former manager Carlo Ancelotti

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Cristiano Ronaldo is being backed to play until 40 and mentor Juventus team-mate Moise Kean.

Cristiano Ronaldo‘s former manager Carlo Ancelotti has backed the Juventus star to play until he’s 40 and help his team-mate Moise Kean develop into a world-class striker.

Napoli boss Ancelotti managed Ronaldo at Real Madrid, where the duo led the club to the 2014 Champions League title, setting of a period of unprecedented success in the competition as Los Blancos went on to lift the trophy four times in five seasons, though the last three came after Ancelotti left the club.

The Italian has retained his admiration for his former player, and says the 19-year-old Kean will benefit from playing alongside Ronaldo for the next five to six seasons. Ronaldo recently turned 34 but has previously said he could play until he’s 40, or beyond, an assessment supported by Ancelotti.

“His beginning of the year was amazing and there’s been careful management of the player, on and off the field,” Ancelotti said of Kean, as reported by Goal.

“He has the good fortune of training with a phenomenon of the calibre of Cristiano.

“He’ll play up to 40 years old because he not only has a great physique but he has the intelligence, the strength and the determination to improve every day.”

Ronaldo’s current contract at Juventus runs until 2022, which would take him to 37 in a league that has usually been kinder than the rest of Europe’s top five leagues for veteran players – though the former Manchester United star was planning to continue his career into the 40s long before he moved to the Serie A.

“When I renewed my contract I said I’d still be playing when I’m 41 – it was meant half-jokingly and half-seriously,” Ronaldo had said back in 2017, when he was still at Madrid. “If I feel good, without any injuries and I am still motivated, I’ll play until I’m 35, 41 or 45. I don’t know.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been vital to Juventus' Champions League progress.

Juventus are increasingly confident over Cristiano Ronaldo‘s fitness for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie against Ajax next Wednesday in Amsterdam.

Ronaldo suffered a thigh injury while on international duty with Portugal last month, and will not be part of the squad that faces AC Milan on Saturday.

However, speaking at Friday’s pre-match press conference, Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri put concerns over his star forward’s availability for next week to rest.

“Ronaldo is better,” Allegri said.

“Five days from Amsterdam there are good signs, he is doing everything to be there and we hope to have him available but he won’t be included tomorrow in the squad to face Milan.”

The 34-year-old starred in Juventus’ previous Champions League fixture, as they overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit for the first time in their history thanks to a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid in which the former Real Madrid and Manchester United player scored a hat-trick.

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Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri remains optimistic of having Cristiano Ronaldo fit for the Champions League quarter-final against Ajax but will not rush the forward’s return.

Ronaldo suffered a hamstring problem while away on international duty with Portugal.

Reports have suggested the 34-year-old aggravated the injury during his recovery with the Serie A club.

Before heading away with Portugal, Ronaldo helped the Bianconeri secure a place in the last eight of the Champions League with a stunning hat-trick to beat Atletico Madrid 3-0 in Turin and complete a remarkable turnaround.

Allegri confirmed Juve would not rush their star man back into action for the April 10 clash unless fully fit, with the runaway Serie A leaders set to play Cagliari away on Tuesday night.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is working to get back, we hope to have him ready for Ajax, but it will be difficult,” Allegri told a press conference.

“The leg is much better. We still have nine days to go to the Amsterdam game and we have time to evaluate things. We must be careful in everything.”

Full-back Leonardo Spinazzola is expected to be out for at least two weeks with a knee problem picked up during a substitute appearance in the 1-0 win over Empoli on Saturday.

“He won’t need surgery. I believe everything will be fine and he will be available in 15 days,” Allegri said.

Juventus hold a 15-point lead at the top of Serie A, while Tuesday’s opponents Cagliari sit 12th, but Allegri is not taking the Sardinian side lightly.

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“Tomorrow will be a difficult game, against a side that are strong at home,” Allegri told a press conference reported by the club’s website.

“Cagliari will look to make a good impression and it will be an interesting match.

“The team is in a good condition. In this period we will play every three days, therefore, it is fundamental to be able to rest.

“Juventus always has the great quality to bring the best out of players. This is fundamental for the growth of youngsters.”

Cagliari manager Rolando Maran insists his side play every game to get a result as his side prepare to face the league leaders.

“This game has a special meaning,” he told cagliaricalcio.com.

“The ranking is still to be improved, we must find continuity and we would like to give our fans another satisfaction.

“We must have the will to cultivate the dream within us. We play every game to get a result: this must be our mentality.”

Maran believes the 3-0 win at Chievo on Friday took a weight off his side’s shoulders but they will be without Lucas Castro and former Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan for the Juventus game.

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