Cristiano Ronaldo is still hopeful of leaving Manchester United and according to one report, he could be looking at returning to boyhood club Sporting Lisbon.
The United superstar had been heavily linked to Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain but all four football giants are understood to no longer be interested.
It leaves Ronaldo with limited options but could a return to Sporting, Ronaldo’s first professional club, be on the cards?
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Well, The Athletic reports that Ronaldo’s camp have held talks with Sporting, who qualified for the Champions League after finishing second in the Primeira Liga.
There are a few stumbling blocks though, with the report adding that it will be “complex” for Sporting to find the finances to support such a move.
Meanwhile, head coach Ruben Amorim is said to have “reservations” about signing Ronaldo given it would involve a “huge change in dynamic” to the playing group.
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Amorim played down the rumors linking Ronaldo to Sporting when asked about them by reporters earlier this week.
“I already heard that, I don’t read anything, I don’t see anything. For me the reality is different, keeping my players,” he said.
Sky Sports News senior reporter Melissa Reddy said on Thursday that Ronaldo is “running out of options” and that it “seems like he’s actually going to have to stay” at Old Trafford.
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“Perhaps he will try and swing it where the 25 per cent pay cut in his contract will be waived away by United, perhaps he wants to maneuver and muscle a new deal, we’ll have to wait and see,” Reddy said.
“But it doesn’t look like Stamford Bridge is on his cards. Chelsea have distanced themselves from a deal for Ronaldo, as have Bayern Munich, Napoli and a lot of other elite clubs that Jorge Mendes, who is Ronaldo’s agent, has tried to sell him to.
“An offer from Saudi Arabia is astronomical but ultimately, it does not give Cristiano Ronaldo what he wants, which is that legacy. He wants to achieve Champions League records that he thinks no one else will be able to achieve in the future.
“He wants to sign off at the absolute highest level. Now, it looks increasingly like he will have to stay at Manchester United because there are no biters from the big clubs.”