Chelsea rule out signing Cristiano Ronaldo


Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has not joined Manchester United on his pre-season tour of Asia and Australia amid rumors he wants to leave Old Trafford this summer to join a club qualified for the next UEFA Champions competition League.

Ronaldo was linked with fellow Premier League club Chelsea, but it was said before last weekend that Blues boss Thomas Tuchel “has little interest in making a deal” at this time. There is now further confirmation that Ronaldo will have to look elsewhere if he really wants to secure a transfer during the open transfer window.

On Thursday, Simon Johnson of The Athletic reported that Chelsea had ruled out signing Ronaldo from United. The decision came after Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes met with new Chelsea co-owner and chairman Todd Boehly. Chelsea recently acquired Raheem Sterling from Manchester City for what ESPN reported was a £47.5m fee rising to £50m with add-ons.

ESPN’s James Olley also says Chelsea have pulled out of the race for CR7.

A story emerged on Tuesday noting that Paris Saint-Germain rejected the chance to sign Ronaldo after Mendes offered the player’s services to the French giants. Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn previously said the German club will not be pursuing the iconic footballer either.

At the start of the week, new United manager Erik ten Hag insisted that Ronaldo’s absence from the club was linked to a legitimate ‘family issue’ and also that ‘Cristiano is not for sale’ . As Ronaldo turned 37 in February, he scored 24 goals in all competitions for United last season.




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