Cristiano Ronaldo’s comments make Fergie’s job during talks almost impossible

Cristiano Ronaldo was spotted arriving at Carrington this morning ahead of crisis talks with Manchester United over his future.

The 37-year-old has taken no part in the club's pre-season campaign having handed in a transfer request last month in an attempt to force a move away, though United have continually insisted that he isn't for sale.

In a bid to convince Ronaldo to stay, it appears United drafted Sir Alex Ferguson in for this morning's showdown, with the legendary Scot being papped on his way into the club's training ground shortly before Ronaldo arrived.

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Ferguson reportedly played a key part in convincing Ronaldo to snub Manchester City last summer, though swaying the Portugal international for a second time will take some doing given comments he made last season when it become clear that United were out of the title race.

"Manchester [United] belongs [competing for] important things," Ronaldo told Sky Sports in January.

"I don't want to be here in a club to fight to be in 6th place or 7th place or 5th place. I'm here to try to win."

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Ronaldo has made it clear that he wants to spend the remaining years of his career playing Champions League football, though despite an initial flutter of intrigue from the likes of Chelsea, Bayern Munich and PSG, there doesn't appear to be a single elite team willing to take a punt on him.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner netted 24 goals last term, finishing the season as United's top scorer, but he frequently drew criticism for disrupting the team's tactical cohesion due to his reluctance to press and work hard off the ball.

Some critics even suggested that United had regressed because of Ronaldo, and considering that the last campaign was statistically the Red Devils' worst ever in Premier League history, they might have a point.


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