Cristiano Ronaldo: Borussia Dortmund chief breaks silence on bringing Man Utd legend to Germany – ‘I love this player’

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Man Utd striker Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: PA Images
Man Utd striker Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: PA Images

Borussia Dortmund chief executive, Hans-Joachim Watzke, has opened up about the possibility of signing Man Utd legend, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo, 37, wishes to chase his Champions League dreams this season. He cannot satisfy that desire at Old Trafford, and his return that was greeted with a hero’s reception is now turning sour.

Indeed, Ronaldo was recently given a police caution for the incident that saw him slap a mobile phone out of a teenage Everton fan’s hand in April.

Reports have also claimed he is a drain on the team’s morale, while he is also undermining new boss Erik ten Hag’s demand for high intensity pressing.

Ronaldo made Manchester United aware of his desire to move to a UCL contender earlier this summer.

A wide variety of clubs have drawn tentative links, such as Chelsea, Bayern Munich, PSG, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Sporting Lisbon. However, with less than two weeks to go until the September 1 deadline, Ronaldo remains in Manchester.

United’s initial stance was their veteran striker was not for sale. That has now changed with Ten Hag open to parting ways, and a potential escape route to Borussia Dortmund had been touted.

Agent Jorge Mendes was reportedly desperate to pull off the move that was described as Ronaldo’s final option.

Dortmund escape route closes as quickly as it opened

Ronaldo was deemed open to the potential switch, though according to Bild, it is a non-starter.

They report Dortmund will not pursue a move for two rather obvious reasons.

Firstly, his age is working against him. Secondly, the numbers involved don’t make sense for Dortmund. United would not command a huge transfer fee, but Ronaldo’s wages are astronomical.

Hammering the final nail in the coffin, Dortmund chief executive, Hans-Joachim Watzke, called for talk of Ronaldo to Dortmund to cease.

“I love this player, it’s certainly a charming idea – to see Cristiano play at Signal Iduna Park,” admitted Watzke.

“But there is no contact at all between the parties involved.

“From that point of view, we should stop talking about it.”

Where next for Ronaldo?

An emotional return to Sporting Lisbon has also been ruled out in recent days. Sporting never had a realistic chance of paying the salary Ronaldo requires – even if he took a massive pay-cut.

The field is spreading increasingly thin and at this stage, the signs point towards Ronaldo remaining in Manchester.

That will present Ten Hag with a veritable circus to contend with each week. Indeed, questions about Ronaldo’s future are unlikely to subside just because the deadline has passed.

What’s more, Ronaldo isn’t the sort to quietly accept his fate in the background. He has never been shy about voicing or showing his displeasure – something Ten Hag may have to quickly get used to.

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