Juventus Unlikely to Make Sweeping Changes Despite Debacle

Juventus are dealing with the rough aftermath of another early Champions League elimination, which however might not lead to major changes to the roster or to the overall strategy. Cristiano Ronaldo is considered likely to stay and the key executives are working on the future squad despite the expiring contracts, Gazzetta dello Sport reports.

The Portuguese ace has so far remained silent after the loss, where his performance was criticized maybe for the first time since he joined the Bianconeri. While his entourage quietly indicated that the team does not measure up to him, the outlet informs that it will hard to find a club willing to pay his salary in this economic conjecture. Therefore, he is expected play out the final year of his deal.

Coach Andrea Pirlo is set to be confirmed barring a collapse in Serie A. It is instead possible that his staff will be tweaked, as his lead assistant Igor Tudor is believed to be a little too tough to players.

The contract of Fabio Paratici and Lorenzo Cherubini, who conduct the transfer market together, is up in the summer, but Andrea Agnelli intends to keep them at the helm. They will look to build around Ronaldo and the youngsters, hoping they can continue to improve: Matthijs De Ligt, Federico Chiesa, Weston McKennie, Arthur, Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski.

Juventus probably will not have major resources for a reinforcement campaign. Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot, who were signed for free and earn a lot, and Merih Demiral could be sold to generate profit. The biggest question mark is Paulo Dybala, whose position is on hold given the injury and the uncertain negotiation to extend his contract.

Among the veterans, Giorgio Chiellini is likely headed towards retirement because of his numerous injuries, while Gianluigi Buffon could be tempted to leave if he receives an offer to be a starter elsewhere.