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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Man United exit still on as Bayern Munich chief discloses transfer talks

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Man United exit still on as Bayern Munich chief discloses transfer talks

Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn has confirmed that his club held talks with Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer but decided against signing him.

Ronaldo, 37, was determined to leave Manchester United after his high-profile return from Juventus the previous year did not go as planned.

Despite scoring 24 goals in all competitions last season, United’s overall form deteriorated and they finished sixth in the Premier League.

The Portuguese superstar was “upset” to see his pay cut at Manchester United after the club’s failure to qualify for the Champions League resulted in a 25% cut to each player’s weekly wage.

However, Ronaldo was unable to leave because no club was willing to meet his wage demands and guarantee him regular football.

It has created an awkward situation for both the club and the player, with Ronaldo being left out of the starting lineups for each of United’s last five Premier League games.

He is still their highest-paid player, but he has fallen behind Marcus Rashford and Antony Martial in Erik ten Hag’s pecking order.

In recent years, the list of potential destinations for Ronaldo has shrunk, with few clubs able to justify the outlay on his wages – and doubts about whether he would be a regular starter at any leading European club.

Bayern CEO Kahn explained that his club, as well as Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund, considered the idea before dismissing it.

Kahn said in an interview with Bild, as cited by Diario AS: “We talked briefly about Cristiano at Bayern and probably also at Dortmund.

“We also see the big picture in the Bundesliga and an important factor in drawing attention to the league is of course superstars like him. He is one of the greatest of the last decade, but we quickly wrote him off.”

Despite failing to secure a summer exit from Old Trafford, it has been suggested that he could leave the club in January.

However, United football director John Murtough dismissed the idea of first-team moves in or out of the club this winter, implying that Ronaldo will not be leaving despite his lack of regular football.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Man United exit still on as Bayern Munich chief discloses transfer talks

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