Cristiano Ronaldo claims he was on the verge of joining Manchester City before returning to Manchester United out of “heart.”
This week, the Portuguese forward made headlines for saying on Talk TV that he felt “betrayed” by the team.
He provided more information about his account of events at Old Trafford in the first half of the full interview, which was made public on Wednesday.
It was really close, “Possibly joining City, he said.
In August 2021, 11 years after he left the team to join Real Madrid, Ronaldo made his way back to Old Trafford from Juventus.
At the time, it was rumoured that City manager Pep Guardiola was interested in signing him, and although Ronaldo confirmed the intrigue, he claimed that he ultimately chose to join United after meeting with his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Added the 37-year-old: “You are feeling the same way you did before because of my past with Manchester United, as you are aware, and that makes a difference. Sir Alex Ferguson is also a given.
“I talked to him. It’s impossible for you to visit Manchester City, he told me. And I respond, “OK, boss.””