Allegri claims due to lack of time to replace Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus

TURIN, Italy, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from the club at the end of the transfer window left them without time to replace him.

Juve reached an agreement with Manchester United for the 36-year-old Portuguese forward to return to the Old Trafford club on 27 August, four days before the transfer window closed.

Moise Kean, 21, was loaned out by Everton to expand Allegri’s offensive options, but the Juve manager would have liked more time to add other reinforcements.

“With just a few days left of the end of the transfer window, we had no chance to replace him (Ronaldo),” Allegri told the sports streaming service DAZN on Friday before visiting Hellas Verona on Saturday.

“The club did well to bring in Kean, who has already scored two important goals, so I am happy (…) If Ronaldo had left a month earlier, maybe the club would have had the opportunity to work in a market completely different. It’s not that Ronaldo is to blame, it’s a market issue. “

Juve have had a difficult start to the season in Serie A. They are in seventh place in the standings, 13 points behind leader Napoli, who are tied on 28 points with second, AC Milan, after 10 games. Inter Milan is third with 21 points.

(Report by Peter Hall. Edited in Spanish by Rodrigo Charme)