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Bayern chief responds to claims they will sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Man Utd

Bayern Munich director Hasan Salihamidzic has responded to claims the Bundesliga side want to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United this summer.

Ronaldo enjoyed a superb return to England last campaign, scoring 24 goals in 38 games in a disjointed United team which finished sixth in the Premier League.

Despite thriving at Old Trafford, Ronaldo was linked with a move away from the club towards the end of last campaign, with his role under new head coach Erik ten Hag unknown.

Recent reports claim Ronaldo is also concerned by United’s transfer business this summer, with the club yet to improve Ten Hag’s team with any new signings.

Bayern have been linked with a move for Ronaldo in recent days but club chief Salihamidzic has denied the rumours and says the German club will not be pursuing him this summer.

‘Cristiano Ronaldo is a top player with an outstanding career. However, stories on potential deal with Bayern are not true,’ he told Sky Germany. ‘These rumours have no truth.’

Former England player Trevor Sinclair, meanwhile, understands why Ronaldo may be considering his future at United.

He told talkSPORT: ‘United want to keep Ronaldo, Ten Hag wants to work with him, but at the moment Ronaldo is looking at the squad and thinking, “why would I want to stay?”

‘This squad is not going to get anywhere near the top four. He’s not going to join a club bigger than Manchester United, but what he will do is score goals wherever he goes. 

‘This might be the year where he says, “You know what, I’ve loved running the show in European football for the last 20 years, I might want to go over to America and enjoy my life”.

‘I’m not saying that is the case, but why would you want to be at Manchester United with the current squad they’ve got, fighting against top, top teams and getting beat left, right and centre?

‘I don’t think Ronaldo wants another year like that, and I think he’s right to be agitated and putting a bit of pressure on Manchester United.’

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