Tiago Pinto rubbished the claims that Cristiano Ronaldo could transfer to Roma, asserting ‘It was never a possibility after the Portuguese star withered his relationship with Manchester United.
The five-time Ballon d’Or holder Ronaldo gave an explosive interview last week in which he criticized the England club, his teammates, and United manager, Erik Ten Hag.
Ronaldo further said he had “no respect” for United boss Ten Hag, and his former teammates.
The Portuguese legendary striker’s multiple digs at United have led to the Red Devils seeking the possibility of terminating the forward’s contract at Old Trafford.
The outrageous event would therefore make Ronaldo available to sign for another club on a free transfer during the coming January transfer window.
Meanwhile, during the summer several Champions League clubs publicly distanced themselves from the prospective signing of the United beleaguered striker.
However, it now seems the trend to denounce any possibility of signing Ronaldo is filling up with Europa League clubs as well, with AS Roma openly announcing they hold no interest in the 37-year-old Portuguese captain.
Roma director general Tiago Pinto refuted the report that Ronaldo could move to the Italian side in his interview with reporters at the Thinking Football Summit in Portugal.
He said: “One of the things that irritate me about Italy is that they are constantly talking about the transfer market.”
“The truth is that Cristiano Ronaldo was never a possibility. These rumors had no foundation, but in Italy, they talk every day about three different players linked with your club.”
Tiago refuted the claims of Ronaldo’s move to Roma with no feasibility of a prospective transfer for the 37-year-old forward later.
He said he understood it was a natural phenomenon to have his countryman alongside AS Roma manager, Jose Mourinho who is also Portuguese but there’s never been a move to usher Ronaldo into the club.
He concluded: “I understand it was natural to link us because Mourinho and I are both Portuguese, and so is Cristiano, but as I said, there was never any substance in it.”
It remains to be seen which club would accept the 37-year-old Portuguese forward considering loads of bitterness following him around.
Meanwhile, a return to Juventus is not even considered by either party, as Ronaldo did not leave the Bianconeri on good terms.
However, while a move to Roma as aired around Italian media earlier has been rebutted, Napoli is another club linked with a possible January swoop for Cristiano Ronaldo, if he does become a free agent come 2023.