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Thomas Tuchel rejected the chance to sign Cristiano Ronaldo ‘after advice from Ralf Rangnick’

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Thomas Tuchel rejected the chance to sign Cristiano Ronaldo ‘after advice from Ralf Rangnick’

Ralf Rangnick, the former interim manager of Manchester United, reportedly advised Thomas Tuchel not to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 37-year-old told Manchester United earlier this summer that he wants to leave in search of Champions League football.

Chelsea was one of the clubs interested in signing Ronaldo, but after talks with Tuchel and club co-owner Todd Boehly, they decided not to sign him.

The Times reports that Boehly pushed for the signing of the Portuguese star because he liked the idea of building the attack around him.

Tuchel, however, refused the transfer on the advice of a close friend and former United manager Rangnick, who managed Ronaldo last season.

Rangnick’s advice is unsurprising given that he criticised Ronaldo’s pressing abilities at the end of last season.

In May, the 64-year-old stated: “Cristiano Ronaldo, and I’m not blaming him at all, he did great in those games.

“But he’s not a pressing monster. He’s not a player, even when he was a young player, who was crying, shouting “hooray, the other team has got the ball, where can we win balls?”

“The same with quite a few other players so we had to make some compromises at one stage, maybe we made a few too many – that’s also possible.”

Ronaldo missed the majority of pre-season, eager to leave Old Trafford for a team in Europe’s top flight.

Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid have also turned down the opportunity to sign him, and his boyhood club Sporting Lisbon is the latest club to be linked with him.

Erik ten Hag has stated that Ronaldo is still in his plans, and United has stated that he is not for sale. However, their resolve may be put to the test ahead of the transfer deadline on Thursday.

Ronaldo has only started one league game this season, coming off the bench to replace Jadon Sancho in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Southampton.

Thomas Tuchel rejected the chance to sign Cristiano Ronaldo ‘after advice from Ralf Rangnick’

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