City: No substance to Ronaldo rumours
Manchester City have rejected speculation that they are about to launch a big-money move for Cristiano Ronaldo.
The former world player of the year quit Manchester United for Real Madrid in an £80million deal two years ago. However, despite Ronaldo's 51 goals in all competitions this season, Real missed out on both the La Liga title and Champions League glory.
With relations between Ronaldo and coach Jose Mourinho reported to be strained, it has been suggested City could swoop with a bid far in excess of what Real paid for the player.
That move contradicts the claims chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak made in his end of season address on the City website, which was released yesterday, in which he stated firmly that there would not be a mass influx of players this summer and that the Blues were committed to working within UEFA's new financial fair play rules.
And a City spokesman this morning confirmed Ronaldo was not a target. "There is no substance in these reports whatsoever," said the spokesman.
Before manager Roberto Mancini can think about who he wants to bring in, he must resolve issues around players no longer thought to be required.
Wayne Bridge and Craig Bellamy are both likely to return after West Ham United and Cardiff were condemned to the Championship next season, whilst it is also expected Emmanuel Adebayor will not have his stay at Real extended.