REVEALED: Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has rejected the possibility of signing Cristiano Ronaldo ‘after speaking with his former Man United boss Ralf Rangnick’… even though the Blues board ‘liked the idea that Ronaldo leads his attack”
- Chelsea refused to sign Cristiano Ronaldo earlier this summer
- Co-owner Todd Boehly liked the idea of building the attack around Ronaldo
- Former United boss Ralf Rangnick advised Thomas Tuchel not to sign Ronaldo
- The 37-year-old’s future remains uncertain ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline
Former Manchester United caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick has reportedly advised Thomas Tuchel not to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 37-year-old has told Manchester United he wants to leave earlier this summer in search of Champions League football.
Chelsea were one of Ronaldo’s clubs but they ultimately decided against signing him following talks between Tuchel and the club’s co-owner Todd Boehly.
Ralf Rangnick advised Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel against signing Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo has told Manchester United he wants to go in search of Champions League football
According to TimeBoehly pushed for the signing of the Portuguese star as he liked the idea of building the attack around him.
But Tuchel opposed the transfer on the advice of close friend and former United boss Rangnick, who managed Ronaldo last season.
Rangnick’s advice comes as no surprise after criticizing Ronaldo’s pressing ability at the end of last season.
Speaking in May, the 64-year-old said: “Cristiano Ronaldo, and I don’t blame him at all, he did those games really well.”
Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly was keen on Ronaldo but Tuchel was against his signing
“But it’s not a pressing monster. He’s not a player, even when he was young he cried shouting ‘hooray, the other team has the ball, where can we win balls?’
“The same with quite a few other players, so we had to compromise at some point, maybe we overdid it a bit – that’s also possible.”
Ronaldo has missed most of pre-season, keen to leave Old Trafford for a team in Europe’s elite competition.
Ronaldo has started just one league game so far this season with his eyes on an exit
Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid have also refused to sign him and boyhood club Sporting Lisbon are the latest club linked to him.
Erik ten Hag has insisted Ronaldo remains in his plans and United continue to stress he is not for sale. But their resolve could be tested ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.
Ronaldo has started just one league game so far this season and he came off the bench to replace Jadon Sancho in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Southampton.