In spite of shocking claims linking Cristiano Ronaldo with a transfer to Chelsea, former Manchester United skipper Roy Keane has previously explained why he is certain that Ronaldo will remain at Old Trafford this summer.
The Athletic claimed on Saturday night that Todd Boehly, the new owner of Chelsea, had a meeting with super-agent Jorge Mendes last week to discuss the possibility of Cristiano Ronaldo moving to Stamford Bridge. Although it wasn’t the major purpose of the meeting, it was one of the topics that were covered.
United, who began their preseason practices on Monday, quickly denied any rumors that Ronaldo may depart the team this summer. “Cristiano is not up for sale, according to a senior club source. “We want and fully expect him to be with us next season.”
Roy Keane speaks about Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Old Trafford:
The Portuguese captain is said to remain devoted to the goals coach Erik ten Hag is trying to pursue, therefore United, despite not making it into the Champions League, does not anticipate losing Ronaldo this summer. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who is now vacationing with his family in Mallorca, netted 24 goals for United in the last campaign, underscoring the reason why Ten Hag wants to utilize his skills the most.
Ronaldo’s future has been a heated subject this summer, especially since he was unable to advance to the Champions League. Nearly a year ago, he stopped visiting Old Trafford to take part in Thursday night Europa League matches.
However, former midfielder Keane, who recently revealed that he would be astonished to see the 37-year-old depart the club in this summer’s transfer window, will not have been surprised by United’s determination to maintain hold of Ronaldo. In addition to Chelsea, Bayern Munich has also been said to be interested in signing him.
Keane stated last month to Sky Sports, “I wouldn’t have imagined so.” “I know there are rumors, but until something radically different happens in the summer, I can’t picture Ronaldo not being at Manchester United next year. Any manager would want to work with him if you look at the ambitions he has,” I said. Just like that.
Keane wasn’t incorrect. Ten Hag made it apparent how much he was looking forward to working with Ronaldo even before he set foot on English land.