“Would have fallen out with Pep in the first few months”, Twitter reacts as Cristiano Ronaldo reveals that he was close to joining Manchester City last summer

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo, a striker for Manchester United, has revealed he came close to joining with City last year but was persuaded not to by Ferguson, Ronaldo’s old boss.

Ronaldo transferred to Manchester United from Juventus on a two-year contract in August 2021, citing Sir Alex Ferguson as a big influence in his decision to return to the club with whom he won eight major championships between 2003 and 2009.

According to a snippet of the interview that was released on Sunday, Ronaldo said that United had deceived him and that he was being pushed to leave the club.

The Portuguese striker said that United did not stand by him when his daughter was hospitalized in July, casting doubt on his story and demonstrating a lack of empathy when he was late to pre-season training.

United said on Monday that they would respond to Ronaldo’s claims that he was being driven out of the club and that he felt betrayed by the organization only after they had gathered all the facts.

United’s board of directors, including co-chairman Joel Glazer, football director John Murtough, chief executive Richard Arnold, and manager Erik ten Hag, met on Monday to discuss a solution and seek legal counsel.

According to ESPN’s sources, when Ronaldo claimed that he “doesn’t respect” the Dutchman, Ten Hag told the Glazers, Arnold, and Murtough that he could never work with Ronaldo again.

ESPN has been informed by many sources that the bulk of the team does not feel Ronaldo can make a comeback, especially because Ten Hag has adopted such a strict stance on squad discipline since becoming manager in the summer.

“Well, honestly, it was close… It’s something they spoke [about] a lot and [Manchester City manager Pep] Guardiola said two weeks ago, I guess, that they tried hard to have me,” Ronaldo told Piers Morgan in an interview for TalkTV, the first part of which was aired on Wednesday.

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