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´Biggest rumour of all time´ – Dortmund boss Terzic reacts to Cristiano Ronaldo link

SoccerNews in Bundesliga 20 Aug 2022

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Borussia Dortmund boss Edin Terzic has described the prospect of signing Cristiano Ronaldo as “the biggest rumour” in the club’s history.

The Manchester United striker has been linked with a host of clubs since it became apparent he was unhappy at Old Trafford, with Dortmund among the most recent to be touted.

Their Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich last month scotched the idea of signing the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, while the likes of Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Sporting CP have also been suggested as possible next destinations for Ronaldo.

Ronaldo is said to be eager to play Champions League football, which United cannot offer after a dismal sixth-placed finish in last season’s Premier League.

Dortmund also need a striker after losing Sebastien Haller, who has undergone surgery and faces chemotherapy after a malignant testicular tumour was discovered shortly after his arrival from Ajax.

Yet Dortmund have cast doubt on the idea of them signing 37-year-old Ronaldo, who was United’s 24-goal top scorer last season.

Terzic told German broadcaster Sky on Saturday: “It is clear that Cristiano Ronaldo is the biggest rumour of all time at BVB. We have commented on it and I’m not commenting on rumours.”

All the same, Terzic said he was a Ronaldo fan, explaining: “He’s one of the best footballers I’ve ever seen play live.”

Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke on Friday poured cold water on the growing rumours that moves were afoot to bring Ronaldo to the club, even if, like Terzic, he professes to being a big fan of the former Real Madrid and Juventus forward.

“Cristiano Ronaldo and Borussia Dortmund? That’s very charming at first glance. He is one of the greatest players the world has ever seen,” Watzke said.

“The only catch is that there is no contact at all between the parties involved and certainly no transfer.”

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