Man City refute ‘false’ Cristiano Ronaldo claims that Manchester United star almost joined Pep Guardiola’s side before Sir Alex Ferguson convinced him to return to Old Trafford instead

    Manchester City have reportedly refuted Cristiano Ronaldo’s claims that he was close to signing for the Premier League champions.

    The 37-year-old star moved to Manchester United in the summer transfer window of 2021 in a star-studded return to the club where he really announced himself.

    Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan has certainly caused waves

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    Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan has certainly caused waves

    Cristiano Ronaldo hails Sir Alex Ferguson as best ever coach but admits: 'I still don't understand him'

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    Ronaldo said that it was Sir Alex who convinced him not to join City

    In his explosive interview with Piers Morgan, Ronaldo stated that he was ‘close’ to sealing a transfer to Pep Guardiola’s side.

    However, ESPN claim Man City sources have told them the story is ‘false’.

    It is also claimed the same club sources have insisted Ronaldo’s comments are ‘not reflective’ of their interest in the summer of 2012, which they instead describe as ‘mild’.

    Speaking on TalkTV, Ronaldo said it was only the intervention of Sir Alex Ferguson that stopped him from joining United’s fierce rivals.

    He said: “I think it was the key, it was the difference in that moment, but I cannot be loyal if I will, I wouldn’t say that Manchester City wasn’t close.

    “I spoke with [Ferguson]. He said to me that, ‘It’s impossible for you to come to Manchester City,’ and I say, ‘OK, boss.’

    Ronaldo faces an uncertain future at Manchester United as a result of his comments

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    Ronaldo faces an uncertain future at Manchester United as a result of his comments

    “Well, honestly, it [joining City] was close… It’s something they spoke [about] a lot and [City manager Pep] Guardiola said two weeks ago, I guess, that they tried hard to have me.”

    As a result of his interview, Ronaldo is facing real uncertainty around his future at Old Trafford.

    After taking aim at Erik ten Hag, the Glazer family and club legends Gary Neville and Wayne Rooney, it remains to be seen if the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will be welcomed back to the red half of Manchester.

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