We weren’t close to signing Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo, Marseille president Pablo Longoria has claimed.
There were speculation leading Ronaldo with a late to summer move to Marseille, with the Man United forward seriously keen on joining a Champions League team over the summer.
Although Manchester United and Erik ten Hag may have publicly said over the summer that Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t for sale, the Red Devils weren’t approached by any of the European teams and reportedly did not reject any offer.
Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes tried to convince Champions League teams to lure the 37-year-old forward out of Manchester United but he failed in his attempt and the Portuguese forward had no choice but to remain at Old Trafford.
Bayern Munich, Napoli, Dortmund and AC Milan distanced themselves from signing Ronaldo.
Towards the end of the transfer market, several reports claimed Ronaldo was close to joining Marseille in a bid to continue competing at the highest level possible during the twilight of his career.
The deal didn’t go through and the president has confirmed that they were not close to signing Ronaldo from Manchester United last transfer window, suggesting the speculation was false.
“We’re more focused on team players who put in individual performances which serve the team.
“We have a project where everyone needs to work for a collective.”
After the transfer window shut down, it was reported that Ronaldo, not Man United, received a lucrative offer from a Saudi Arabia team but the forward, not Manchester United, turned the chance down.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been frozen out of the Manchester United squad by Erik ten Hag after he stormed down the tunnel during Man United’s win over Tottenham.
Ten Hag has ordered him to train separately for three days, which has ruled him out of the trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea this weekend in the Premier League.
Manchester United have backed Ten Hag’s decision to punish Ronaldo for refusing to come on against Spurs and storming down the tunnel.