sport news Maurizio Sarri reveals plan to transform Cristiano Ronaldo into a goal machine

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REVEALED: How Maurizio Sarri plans to transform Cristiano Ronaldo back into a goal machine after mediocre first season at Juventus... and why he wants Kieran Trippier and Matthijs de Ligt to transform backline Maurizio Sarri has held a secret meeting with Cristiano Ronaldo in Greece The new Juventus manager has revealed his desire to build a team around him Sarri wants Ronaldo to play in a 'false nine' role and to score more than 30 goals   The former Chelsea boss intends to sell Joao Cancelo to reinvest in the squad He is targeting Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt and Tottenham full-back Kieran Trippier 

By Peter Rutzler For Mailonline

Published: 22:09 BST, 1 July 2019 | Updated: 22:24 BST, 1 July 2019

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Cristiano Ronaldo didn't exactly set the world on fire during his first season with Juventus.

By his standards, a goal return of 28 in all competitions - following his £100million move from - sits firmly in the mediocre category.

And new boss Maurizio Sarri agrees.

The new manager of 's perennial champions believes Ronaldo has to raise his game in Turin, and he has told him as much.

New Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri has held a secret meeting with Cristiano Ronaldo in Greece 

Sarri told Ronaldo that he wants to build the team around him to help score more than 30 goals

Sarri told Ronaldo that he wants to build the team around him to help score more than 30 goals

Sarri held a secret meeting with the Juventus star and club president Gianni Agnelli in Greece

Sarri held a secret meeting with the Juventus star and club president Gianni Agnelli in Greece

In a secret meeting with Ronaldo and Juventus president Gianni Agnelli in Greece, the former Chelsea manager outlined his plans in the transfer market, and how he intends to transform the five-time Ballon d'Or winner into a Serie A goal machine. 

Ronaldo scored 44 goals from 44 appearances in his final season in the Spanish capital and Sarri expressed a determination to build his new-look Juventus side around the striker, to ensure he rediscovers his prolific streak.

Tactically, Sarri intends to deploy Ronaldo in a 'false nine' role within his favoured 4-3-3 system, using Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa as pacey supports, interchanging on either

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