Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has said that Cristiano Ronaldo is very calm despite being requested for his DNA amid the ongoing investigation into a rape allegation against him.
Kathryn Mayorga has accused the Juventus star of sexually assaulting her in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009 – a claim the Portuguese has aggressively denied.
However, much to the player’s dismay, the Las Vegas police have continued with the investigation, and have now requested for a sample of Ronaldo’s DNA.
Amid the controversy, the Italian champions find themselves in a difficult situation, running the risk of being affected both on and off the pitch.
The Bianconeri coach, however, has continued to back his player and claims that the Portuguese goalscorer is “serene” as ever.
“It’s his personal question, I talk about football,” Allegri told reporters ahead of Saturday’s Coppa Italia clash with Bologna, as quoted by Goal.
“I can tell you that I saw him very serene, he is training well. It has been a very tight four months, now we need to work to play better in the 36 potential games we have left.”
“I see Cristiano peaceful and calm, I go on that. For the rest, it is not for me to answer because they are private affairs,” the Italian added.
The match against Bologna will be The Old Lady’s first game back following the mid-season break, and there were suggestions for Allegri to manage Ronaldo’s playing time carefully.
“Until now, he has never gone to the national team [while at Juve]. The six games that he spared with Portugal he has then played them in the league with us, so he played more or less the same matches last year.”
“As we move forward, I will manage the condition of all in order to try to arrive at the end of all the objectives well. He [Ronaldo] will play on Saturday, but let’s see how and when,” he concluded.