Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has denied his interest in former player Cristiano Ronaldo.
On Monday, El Chiringuito released a report saying that Ancelotti and Madrid were interested in a reunion with their greatest-ever player. The report said that Los Blancos want to bring the five-time Ballon d’Or winner back to the Santiago Bernabeu in this summer transfer window.
It is speculated that Ronaldo is being eyed as a backup plan for PSG superstar forward Kylian Mbappé, who they have been linked with for a year now. However, with Lionel Messi signing for PSG, Mbappé may find himself signing a new contract to stay in Paris. The allure of playing with Messi is irresistible, and there is also the detail of the club president sending a message to him to stay.
The source is a reliable one, and it is made stronger by the fact that Ronaldo appears to be unsettled at Juventus after three seasons there. However, Ancelotti has confirmed that neither him nor Real Madrid have thought of re-signing CR7 this summer.
Ancelotti has taken to Twitter to confirm the same. He stated that it isn’t there at the moment, and has denied any interest in Ronaldo.
In his tweet, translated from Spanish, Ancelotti said, “Cristiano is a Real Madrid legend and he has all my love and respect. I have never considered signing him. We look forward.”
Cristiano es una leyenda del Real Madrid y tiene todo mi cariño y respeto. Nunca me he planteado ficharle. Miramos hacia adelante. #HalaMadrid— Carlo Ancelotti (@MrAncelotti) August 17, 2021
Ronaldo’s future is also up in the air, with the forward rumoured to be unsettled in Italy. He has been linked with Manchester United, PSG and the aforementioned Real Madrid over this summer transfer window. However, nothing has taken shape, and the forward has trained with Juventus and his teammates there ahead of the new season.
The Real Madrid legend, should he return to Spain, will receive the greatest welcome from the team. However, the move is not done yet, and with Ancelotti’s tweet, it seems to be a distant possibility.