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Juventus defender Danilo has provided a definitive update on Cristiano Ronaldo's plans amid ongoing speculation surrounding his future at Juventus.
Ronaldo, 36, has entered the final 12 months of his contract with the Turin giants and recent reports in Italy suggest he could be sold this summer if he chooses not to extend his deal.
Manchester United are among the frontrunners for his signature and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to be serious about completing the sensational signing.
But the Red Devils' hopes of luring Ronaldo from Juventus have been dashed, as Danilo has declared Ronaldo will "still be with us next season".
Ronaldo and Danilo have been friends since their time together at Real Madrid
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The Brazilian told La Gazzetta dello Sport : "Having him in the team is important for us because he brings an avalanche of goals, and besides, he’s a dear friend, we’ve known each other since Real Madrid.
"He’ll still be with us next season."
Danilo's comments echo those made by Juventus' newly-appointed sporting director, Federico Cherubini, while discussing the five-time Ballon d'Or winner earlier this month.
"We haven't had any indication on the part of Cristiano Ronaldo [that he wants to leave]," Cherubini told reporters.
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"We don't need to talk about a transfer and Juventus do not want to sell him. We're talking about a player who scored 36 goals in 44 games last season.
"We're very happy that Ronaldo will be with the squad after his holiday."
Despite Cherunini's glowing verdict on the Portugal captain, Juventus are understood to be targeting a new striker this summer.
Fiorentina ace Dusan Vlahovic is reportedly a target for the Bianconeri, while Danilo would like to reunite with his former Manchester City teammate Gabriel Jesus in Italy.
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"Of course, Gabriel is good and very intelligent," said Danilo of his 24-year-old Brazil teammate.
"He could grow more in Italy because in Serie A they close down well and it’s harder to score. If I could, I would bring him to Juventus."
Like Ronaldo's situation with Juventus, Jesus' future at the Etihad is uncertain, with City pursuing a marquee No. 9 signing following Sergio Aguero's departure this summer.
Aguero, 33, joined Barcelona on a free transfer after his deal with the Sky Blues expired.
Pep Guardiola's side signed Jesus for £27million early in the Spaniard's tenure, but the striker has struggled to establish himself as the club's first-choice centre-forward.
He managed just nine goals in the Premier League last season, while City are pursuing Tottenham star Harry Kane to solve their weakness up front.
Etihad chiefs saw a £100million approach for the England captain turned down last month, with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy determined to keep hold of the 27-year-old.