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Guardiola dismisses Cristiano Ronaldo signing ahead of Man Utd return

SoccerNews in Serie A 30 Aug 2021

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Pep Guardiola does not believe Manchester City would have signed Cristiano Ronaldo had he not opted to re-join Manchester United as the Premier League-winning manager dismissed talk about the superstar forward.

United announced on Friday they had agreed a deal with Juventus, reportedly worth an initial £12.8million (€15m), to bring Ronaldo back to Old Trafford subject to personal terms, a visa and a medical.

Ronaldo had been tipped to complete a sensational switch to neighbours City before agreeing to return to the Theatre of Dreams for a second spell, having enjoyed a hugely successful first stint with the Red Devils between 2003 and 2009.

Asked if City – who have been linked with Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland following Sergio Aguero’s exit – would have signed Ronaldo had United not entered the race, Guardiola told reporters: “Umm, I don’t think so.”

Ronaldo joined Juve from LaLiga giants Real Madrid in 2018 and he remained an ultra-reliable frontman for the Italian powerhouse, scoring 81 goals in 98 Serie A games.

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