Manchester City players are reportedly excited about the chance to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese talisman moved closer to the club.
The 36-year-old’s future at Juventus has been called into question this summer and is now on the cusp of signing for the Premier League champions, Portuguese reports suggest, after he agreed personal terms with City.
And while there are still plenty of hurdles to overcome for the deal to go through, it hasn’t stopped City’s players from talking about the potential prospect of playing alongside the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, according to The Telegraph.
Man City players are reportedly excited about the prospect of playing with Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo was reportedly ‘the topic of conversation’ among City’s players in training
The Telegraph reports that the talisman’s attacker has been ‘the topic of conversation’ during Thursday’s training, asking Ronaldo’s Portugal and former Juve team-mate Joao Cancelo how he trains and what work he does outside the training pitch.
The report adds that the players believe his recent role as Orthodox number 9 will benefit the team immensely, just as Harry Kane would have done, had his summer move not collapsed.
The news of Ronaldo’s association with City comes less than 24 hours after Kane’s protracted move to City failed, with the Tottenham striker promising his immediate future to the club via social media.
Reports in Italy earlier this week said City had offered the former Manchester United star a two-year deal worth £230,000 a week after missing Kane.
It comes less than a day after Harry Kane’s move to Manchester City collapsed
Sports post also understands that the ex-Real Madrid forward was offered to Guardiola’s side in a £25m deal earlier this month.
But now that the terms of Ronaldo’s lucrative contract with City are believed to have been ironed out, it is up to City to negotiate a fee. However, this threatened to become a stumbling block with the club reportedly unwilling to splash out.
It is believed that Ronaldo currently earns more than £500,000 a week at the Allianz Stadium. He signed for Juventus in a mega-money transfer from Real Madrid in 2018, but now has less than 12 months left on his contract with the Serie A giants.
The same report suggested Guardiola had allegedly rejected a proposed swap deal involving Gabriel Jesus, while City sought a compromise.
Portuguese stores suggest Ronaldo has also spoken with City boss Pep Guardiola (left)
Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes (center), was in talks with Juventus when the player insisted on leaving
Wantaway superstar Ronaldo had asked Juventus to leave him on the bench against Udinese
Soon the Catalan boss and the Portuguese star were finally able to represent the same club, with the former having previously spoken of his admiration for the player.
“We don’t have a single player who can win a match, we don’t have Cristiano, [Lionel] Messi, a Neymar,” Guardiola once said, highlighting Ronaldo first.
“We don’t have these kind of players who can win matches on their own. I have often told the players that you have to play as a team.
‘I will be honest. I would like to have a player who scores four goals every game and runs like these players can run. I’d really like it.’
And it’s not the first time Ronaldo has been associated with City either.
Ronaldo only has a one-year contract, but Juventus want to collect compensation for him
The Portuguese attacker even refused to join the club six years ago.
A 2015 interview has surfaced in which Ronaldo dodged questions about whether he could ever play for United’s rivals, insisting a move would not be based on the financial aspects.
“Do you think the money is going to change my mind now?” he told the BBC in 2015.
‘I do not think so. I don’t think that’s going to be the problem because if you’re talking about the money, I’m going to Qatar.
‘[They] may have more money than Manchester City, but it’s not about the money. It’s about the passion.’
The latest developments come despite Max Allegri insisting Ronaldo stay at Juventus
Paris Saint-Germain have also been tapped as an option for Ronaldo, but with Lionel Messi already in their ranks, that potential move has not gained any serious momentum.
It has been reported that Ronaldo expressed his wish to leave after asking to sit on the bench before their clash with Udinese last weekend. Massimiliano Allegri denied this while Juve vice-chairman Pavel Nedved doubled down on Allegri’s optimistic remarks.
“We decided that together with Ronaldo. It’s normal. Ronaldo will stay 100 percent,” he said DAZN.