Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri ahed of the Coppa Italia clash against Bologna on Saturday has revealed that Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo is not bothered by the rape allegation currently hovering around his head.
The rape allegation story resurfaced to limelight in recent times after the Police requested for his DNA for the alleged rape incident involving US Model Kathryn in the summer of 2009.
“It’s a private matter so I can only talk about soccer. So I’ll respond to how I’ve seen Ronaldo. He’s very calm. He has trained very well and rested like everyone else — which was needed after four intense months,” Allegri said at a pre-match news conference. “Now he needs to prepare well for the second half and most important part of the season.
“I see Cristiano very serene and calm and that’s what I’m basing this on,” Allegri said when asked if the alleged rape case might affect Ronaldo’s performance in the long run. “For the rest of it, it’s not my job to respond because they are private matters and it’s only right that I don’t respond.”
Allegri added that Ronaldo will play in an Italian Cup match at Bologna on Saturday.
“He’ll play tomorrow. We’ll see about when and how,” Allegri said.
Meanwhile after the Bologna, Ronaldo and Juventus will travel to Saudi Arabia where they will take on rivals AC Milan for the Italian Super Cup.