Cristiano Ronaldo’s past comments on Manchester City suggest that surprise transfer ties will go nowhere.
City are on the hunt for a renowned striker this summer after Sergio Aguero left the club for Barcelona and Ronaldo is believed to be leaving the current Juventus squad.
The Italian club are reportedly unable to pay the football legend’s salary due to the financial blow he suffered during the pandemic.
Other rumors had suggested the star was returning to former club Manchester United, but it has now been widely reported that he could sign for their rivals.
Ronaldo first spoke about City rumors in 2013 where he was far from wanting to join the club.
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He said: “Playing for City, not for United? I’m not going to do that. Why? Because my heart is in Manchester United, that’s why.
“I can say it would be very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very difficult to play at Manchester City. Very difficult because of Manchester United.”
Ronaldo isn’t the only target on City’s radar this summer as they are also watching Borussia Dormund’s Erling Haaland and Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane.
However, these two stars may also be unavailable as it looks like Haaland will remain on the Bundesliga side and Kane’s deal would cost the club dearly.
City are hatching a plan to afford the England captain, but that will mean having to ditch another star.
Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus are among those claiming to be offered in a partial swap, according to L’Equipe.
Kane is keen to quit his childhood club and spoke about the situation earlier this year.
He told Gary Neville Youtube channel Overlap: “I think it’s definitely a conversation to have with the club. I want to play in the biggest games. The greatest moments.
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“Like, this season I’m watching the Champions League, I’m watching the English teams do amazing things.
“These are the games I want to participate in. I want to be in these games.
“So of course this is a time in my career where I kind of have to reflect and see where I am and have a good, honest conversation with the president. Hope we can have this conversation.
“I’m sure he will want to set the shot from where he sees it, but ultimately it will be up to me and how I feel and what will be best for me and my career right now. .
“I hope we have a pretty good relationship. I donated to the club … well, I spent 16 years of my life there.
“So hopefully we can have a good, honest conversation and see where we are in that aspect.”
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