Rangers legend Ally McCoist can’t understand why Napoli would be interested in signing Cristiano Ronaldo in January.
The Manchester United superstar faces an uncertain future at Old Trafford following a high-profile fallout with Erik ten Hag.
The 37-year-old made unwanted headlines for United after refusing to come on as a Tottenham substitute before storming the tunnel before the end of the Premier League clash.
Ronaldo has since been left out of the matchday squad against Chelsea, with speculation he could be allowed to leave the club in the January transfer window.
The striker arrived at Manchester United’s Carrington training ground on Tuesday ahead of talks with Ten Hag over his possible return to the team.
Although the Portuguese star is strongly linked with a move away from the club over the summer too, Ronaldo has not attracted substantial interest, but Italian side Napoli have emerged as potential candidates to secure his signature in the coming months.
However, McCoist finds it hard to understand why the Italian side would want to bring the striker to the in-form club with Napoli currently top of Serie A.
Speaking on talkSPORT Breakfast, McCoist said: “I don’t know why Napoli would take him. I really don’t know.
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“I’ve seen enough Napoli this season to say that they are absolutely in top form. They got another brilliant result at the weekend beating Roma 1-0 away from home. They are flying all the way. foreheads.
“I might be wrong and he could go, but I don’t see what he would bring to Napoli right now.”
McCoist added that, in hindsight, Manchester United could blame themselves for not pushing Ronaldo out this summer.
“The biggest person he lets down is himself,” added the former Scotland striker. “This is the greatest tragedy of the whole affair.
“I’ve been saying for three or four months that he should have left this summer. The manager should have fixed the problem because he should have seen a bigger problem coming.
“Ronaldo is one of the greatest players who ever lived. He was a joy to watch and he gave us so much happiness it’s unbelievable, but there’s one thing he won’t beat, that’s It’s old Father Time. It’s catching up with everyone.
“Ten Hag has taken over Manchester United and his job is to rebuild and bring them back up the league.
“Anyone can tell you that Ronaldo won’t be part of that building process, so that issue should have been covered up, in my opinion.
“People will say he scored 17 goals or 18 goals, I know he did, but the problem shouldn’t be there because he should have been dealt with in the summer.”
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