Cristiano Ronaldo was linked with a number of clubs in the summer, including Atletico Madrid. Ultimately, the Portuguese remained at Manchester United, although his departure at the earliest opportunity is not out of the question. Rumors of a possible move to Atletico were quickly quashed by Diego Simeone.
- According to media reports, Atletico Madrid was interested in acquiring Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer
- The Portuguese eventually stayed at Manchester United
- The subject of his would-be transfer was addressed by Diego Simeone
Simeone denied media reports
Cristiano Ronaldo tried hard to leave the ranks of Manchester United in the summer. The Portuguese did not want to play for a team competing only in the Europa League, so he instructed his agent to find him a new club. Despite strenuous efforts on the part of Jorge Mendes, the change of employer failed.
Liverpool should have lost out to City, however.
The 37-year-old was offered to Atletico Madrid, among others, in the summer, much to the outrage of Real fans. The Rojiblancos, according to the media, were probing the possibility of acquiring the Portuguese, although members of their board have repeatedly denied this. Diego Simeone also addressed the matter at a press conference.
– I have never spoken to Cristiano Ronaldo about coming to Atletico Madrid. I have not encouraged him to do so. In the same way, I don’t see myself coaching Real Madrid. I don’t see Cristiano at Atletico either,” Simeone stated.
The Portuguese currently plays mainly in a reserve role at Manchester United. He has played 12 games this season, in which he recorded two goals and an assist.