When Cristiano Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan came out into the public domain, it did not take long for one to realise that he and Manchester United were on the verge of splitting. After all, it seemed impossible for Erik ten Hag to play the Portuguese striker again after the latter publicly said that he had no respect for the manager.
Yesterday, Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo officially announced that they were parting ways by mutual consent and with immediate effect. The contract termination means that the legendary striker is now a free agent and can join any club he wishes.
There have been some murmurs of the Portuguese icon offering himself to Spanish and European champions Real Madrid, a club where he tasted enormous success in the past.
However, according to reports from MARCA, there is no chance of a reunion between Real Madrid and Ronaldo in the wake of the sudden events. At the moment, Newcastle United and Al Nassr are the clubs most interested in his signing.
Los Blancos’ unwillingness to sign their former star for one last dance is understandable, given that they are in the final stages of their rebuild and very comfortable with their forward trident. Ronaldo’s primary reason to leave Manchester was a lack of game-time, and it is clear that Real Madrid can offer nothing more on those terms.
Ronaldo’s future will now come down to his performance in the World Cup. While he undoubtedly hopes to win the prestigious event in Qatar, a good performance would also attract suitors at the club level.
The 37-year-old only played ten Premier League games under Ten Hag this season, scoring just one goal and failing to provide any assists. In the UEFA Europa League, however, his record was better with two goals and as many assists coming in six games.
€85 million-rated Serie A winger ‘dreams’ of playing for Real Madrid, claims father
Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia dreams of playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid, the winger’s father has revealed following the UEFA Champions League clash between the two teams last night.
Kvaratskhelia, 22, exploded upon arriving at Napoli last year, leading them to the Serie A title on the back of his explosive performances.
The Georgian winger has been impressing in the ongoing campaign as well, although he failed to score or assist in either of Napoli’s meetings with Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages.
Kvaratskhelia has previously spoken about how he has always been a lifelong supporter of Real Madrid and grew up idolising some of the club’s legends like Cristiano Ronaldo and Guti, among others.
Now, the 22-year-old winger’s father has revealed that his son has always dreamt of and continues to dream of playing for Real Madrid.
As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Kvaratskhelia’s father said: “Khvicha always dreamed and still dreams of playing for Real Madrid. I am sure about it.”
Talking about the fact that the winger got to play against Real Madrid, Kvaratskhelia’s father added: “For Khvicha, playing vs Real Madrid was special. In my family, everyone is a Real Madrid supporter, except me.”
Real Madrid are in the market for attacking reinforcements, but they are looking for a centre-forward next summer and have Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as their main targets.
As for Kvaratskhelia, whose market value stands at €85 million, it seems quite apparent that he harbours dreams of playing for Real Madrid. But it remains to be seen if there is some interest from Los Blancos in signing the winger.