Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid have publicly ruled themselves out of the race to sign Cristiano Ronaldo this summer. His agent, Jorge Mendes, however, has come up with a radical plan to end the Manchester United nightmare.
Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at Manchester United’s Carrington base on Tuesday morning alongside his agent Jorge Mendes to hold talks with the club regarding his future. The 37-year-old had missed the Red Devils’ entire pre-season tour of Asia and Australia amid reports that he had asked for an exit. Manchester United aren’t playing in the UEFA Champions League this season – a competition Ronaldo is yet to miss in his professional career – but those that are, aren’t interested in taking his big wages onto their books.
When quizzed about the same, Bayern supremo Oliver Kahn confirmed that the club will not be pursuing a deal for the Portugal international this summer, since, according to the former goalkeeper, he does not fit into the Bavarians’ philosophy.
“We discussed about Cristiano Ronaldo internally – I consider him one of greatest footballers ever,” Kahn said.
“Then we came to conclusion that, despite appreciation for Cristiano, he would not fit into our philosophy in the current situation.”
Just as Bayern closed the door on Ronaldo, so did Atletico Madrid. The Rojiblancos’ president Enrique Cerezo explained as much in a recent interview, deeming it impossible for the former Real Madrid star to join his club.
“I don’t know who invented the story of [Ronaldo], but it’s practically impossible for him to come to Atlético de Madrid,” Cerezo said.
Meanwhile, with his avenues quickly closing, agent Mendes has come up with a radical plan to solve the problem that is Ronaldo’s immediate future. As per reports, Mendes asked the parties concerned to renew his client’s deal by another year – his current Manchester United contract is up next year – and that he be allowed to leave on loan to a Champions League club this summer.
Ronaldo joined Manchester United for the second time in his career last summer; he scored 24 goals in 38 appearances across all competitions as the club finished sixth in the league and without domestic or continental silverware.