Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has dismissed speculation linking Cristiano Ronaldo with a move to Manchester City as ‘nonsense’.
The 36-year-old is reportedly unhappy at Juventus and is said to be seeking a return to the Premier League amid interest from Pep Guardiola’s reigning champions.
City’s hopes of signing Harry Kane from Tottenham were officially dashed on Wednesday as the England captain committed to his boyhood club for another 12 months, forcing Guardiola to consider alternative options.
Ronaldo’s agent, Joge Mendes, is currently in Turin attempting to engineer a move for his most high-profile client with City currently unwilling to match €25m asking price.
The former Real Madrid superstar spent six trophy-laden years at Old Trafford earlier in his career and while some have suggested he would tarnish his legacy were he to return to England with City, Solskjaer cannot envisage his former teammate making a highly contentious move.
‘I do not read newspapers,’ the current Manchester United manager told media in Norway. ’I know how much nonsense is written there, anyway.’
United, meanwhile, have strengthened their squad to the tune of nearly £120m this summer following the arrivals of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.
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While Sancho has made two substitute appearances so far, Varane is still waiting to make his debut ahead of this weekend’s Premier League match against Wolves.
Speaking about what his compatriot will add to the squad, once he makes his Premier League bow, Paul Pogba said: ‘He’s a top man, a top player and brings his experience, his quality and his personality, even outside the pitch, to help the team.’
‘[What does he bring?] His experience. [It’s] his experience, you know. For a young age, he’s seen it all. He has a lot of experience to give to the team
‘I think everyone can learn from him. He’s been with the best and played with the best.
‘He saw all the top players and can give his advice, his personality and his experience to the team, like I said.’
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