Wayne Rooney says Cristiano Ronaldo is ‘too proud’ of his Man United legacy to join City and insists he had NEVER been with Red Devils rivals… but admits players can move to clubs ‘which they don’t really want’ ‘
- Wayne Rooney believes Cristiano Ronaldo will not risk his legacy at Man United
- Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes is in talks with Manchester City about a move to Etihad
- According to reports in Portugal, a deal has already been struck
- Rooney insisted he would never have joined the Red Devils’ rivals in his career
Wayne Rooney does not believe Cristiano Ronaldo will jeopardize his Manchester United legacy by joining rivals Man City.
Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes is in talks with City about a sensational move to the Etihad, with the club open to a free transfer if the Juventus star accepts a £500,000 a week salary cut.
But Rooney, who played with Ronaldo at Old Trafford from 2004-2009, has his doubts whether a deal will go through due to the 36-year-old’s pride in his United legacy.
Wayne Rooney doesn’t believe Cristiano Ronaldo will risk his legacy at Manchester United
When asked about the possibility of United moving to City, the Derby boss said: “I honestly don’t know what to think.
“If you ask me if I think it’s possible, I have big doubts if it’s possible.
“Cristiano has a great legacy at United. I don’t think he’s going anywhere for financial reasons.’
Rooney added that Ronaldo would not have to go to City for financial reasons and added that he is more likely to sign with Paris Saint-Germain.
The Juventus star’s agent is in talks with Manchester City about a move to the Etihad
Rooney thinks Portugal captain is too proud of his United achievements to join City
In a separate interview with talkSPORTRooney said: “I think Cristiano has a very good legacy at Manchester United and I know how proud he is as a player and as a person. I can’t see it, but it’s football, so you never know.
“I think you should do what’s right for you as a person, for your family.
“Everyone knows I could never play for Liverpool or Manchester City. That’s obvious, but everyone is different.
“I think people move to clubs where they don’t really want to, but from a financial point of view that might be the only option they have, so I understand it from some point of view.
“But that just wouldn’t be an option for me.”
The Derby boss said he had never signed for United’s rivals City or Everton’s rivals Liverpool
Rooney was himself linked with a transfer to City in 2010 after making a transfer request to United, before making a turnaround and signing a new five-year deal with the club.
City were offered Ronaldo last week, but a transfer only became possible after their pursuit of Harry Kane collapsed.
They have not committed to a transfer for Ronaldo, who turns 37 in February, and it is clear there is no agreement yet with Juventus or the player.