The former national coach Jürgen Klinsmann (56) spoke in an interview with SPOX and DAZN about the future of Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus. He thought a separation of the team from the 36-year-old was conceivable. Klinsmann welcomed Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract extension at AC Milan.
“The question is whether the team spirit is in balance with Cristiano,” said Klinsmann of the Portuguese, whose contract with Juve is dated until 2022. “How do you integrate him in such a way that he is 100 percent accepted by everyone else? In addition to Ronaldo, who allegedly earns 65 million euros a year, there must also be room for the development of young players such as Federico Chiesa (23),” Klinsmann emphasized.
He would seek a conversation with Ronaldo instead of Juve and clarify whether he was ready to implement the style of play wanted by coach Andrea Pirlo with running-intensive pressing. “Even a Ronaldo can physically play a lot of pressing,” said Klinsmann. “Only he has to want that too. If you then have the feeling that you are not on the same wavelength, you also have to make an unpopular decision.”
The case is similar with national teams, said Klinsmann, who led Germany to third place at the 2006 World Cup: “When does the moment come when older players make room?”
However, Klinsmann supported Ibrahimovic’s new contract with Milan. “I would have done that too,” he said of the Swedish striker, who will turn 40 in October. “Of course he’s always good for a fight or a red card, think of his fight with Lukaku. But that’s just the way he is. You have to discuss these things with the club management and then weigh up: Does that suit us or is the risk too great ? ” He is of the opinion “that you can also integrate a Ronaldo or Ibrahimovic and have success in Europe”.