Sporting Lisbon president Federico Varandas distanced the club from the approach of former player Cristiano Ronaldo, whose career with Manchester United appears to be in tatters after an explosive interview in which he harshly criticized the club.
Ronaldo, who had already asked to leave Old Trafford over the summer, said he felt “betrayed” by United, alleged club officials tried to force him out, and spoke of a lack of respect for manager Erik ten Hag, as the Glazer called out. family ownership.
Sporting were initially exploring ways to re-sign Ronaldo at the end of the summer transfer window, but nothing official ever materialized before the deadline came.
And sporting director Hugo Viana had refused in July to rule out a future meeting: “He can decide where he can go. But you never know the future… So whatever he decides, let’s see.”
But Reuben Amorim chief said only recently that the cost of bringing him in Ronaldo Returning to Jose Alvalade was expensive: “Everyone at Sporting dreams of having Cristiano back, but we don’t have the money to pay his salary.”
Now, Varandas has denied suggestions that Amorim had vetoed any approach, insisting that it was never a realistic option for the club and that it had not been formally discussed.
“He will always be the reference for the Sporting academy and the best Portuguese player ever,” said the president. RTP3 in Portugal.
“Now, I’m not going to make a noise. If Ruben Amorim objects to a comeback? Of course not. It wasn’t even a topic or was on the table. There was never any conversation with me, with Hugo Viana or Amorim. That topic didn’t exist. I know it’s You sell a lot in the press.”
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