Cristiano Ronaldo news: New suitors emerge for Man Utd rebel but major concern shifts to Prem rivals
Sensational interview with Piers Morgan
Chelsea is reportedly keen to end Cristiano Ronaldo’s woes but may struggle to get a deal over the line due to Manchester United’s stance on the matter.
Ronaldo, 37, is likely to have kicked his last ball for the Red Devils after a sensational interview with Piers Morgan. In it, the former Real Madrid striker said he felt ‘betrayed’ by United. And he also lifted the lid on his relationship with manager Erik ten Hague, suggesting he has ‘no respect for the Dutchman.
The conversation was based on the fact that Ronaldo has been largely overlooked this season and The Hag has preferred to bench him.
Things came to a head when the goalscoring legend refused to come on as a substitute in United’s 2-0 triumph over Tottenham.
Ronaldo headed down the tunnel before the end of the match, which generated a lot of negative media attention.
And things have now taken to a new level following his revelations on Piers Morgan Uncensored.
The former Juventus ace attempted a move away from the Theater of Dreams last summer. That didn’t come true, but maybe now his wish will come true.
And Chelsea wants to take him to Stamford Bridge should his contract expire.
That would certainly be a win-win solution for all involved. However, United could have easily refused to play the ball through this particular move.
Ronaldo Chelsea’s switch may be blocked
Ronaldo has to leave in the January transfer window
However, they have made it clear that they will not sell to a direct rival from the Premier League.
The Blues certainly fall into that category and the clubs are expected to be fighting for a place in next season’s Champions League.
United clearly wants to get rid of the veteran. But if they decide to offload the superstar striker, then they will have no say in where he plays next.
This would open the way for Chelsea to take him to Stamford Bridge.
There is always the possibility that the Portuguese could come back and haunt United, with a goal or two keeping them out of the top four.
Chelsea likely to sign winter signings
Chelsea has struggled this season and is currently eighth in the Premier League table.
The arrival of Graham Potter following the dismissal of Thomas Tuchel had an initial positive impact on the results.
Two draws and three losses in a row highlighted the need for January reinforcements. Several players have been linked, but none would have the same superstar status as Ronaldo.
Whether this is the same player as a few years ago is debatable. But he can’t score goals on the bench and that’s where he’s been for most of the current campaign.
Chelsea clearly wants Ronaldo and the player wants to leave United. Things are never straightforward as always. And everyone will be waiting to see how the story unfolds in