Man City boss Pep Guardiola’s comments on Cristiano Ronaldo as Juventus star seeks exit

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Manchester City have been linked with a sensational move for Manchester United hero Cristiano Ronaldo after failing to land Tottenham’s Harry Kane. The latter has revealed that he will be staying at Spurs beyond the summer transfer deadline despite City’s public interest. 

Pep Guardiola is keen to add a new striker to his squad after losing iconic forward Sergio Aguero when his contract expired at the end of June.  

Aguero has joined Barcelona after a stunning 10-year spell with the Premier League champions.  

City’s priority throughout the summer has been pursuing a transfer for Kane. They are widely believed to have made two bids for the England captain, one of which was around £137million.  

Spurs did not want to sell the player, who still has three years remaining on a six-year contract. Chairman Daniel Levy did not even enter negotiations with City, which prompted Guardiola to urge the North Londoners to engage in negotiations.

City will now pursue alternatives to Kane after he issued a statement on Wednesday to promise that he will play for Spurs this season. 

One of those targets could be Juventus forward Ronaldo. City have ‘not dismissed’ moving on to Ronaldo, who is believed to be open to leaving the Italian club, according to ESPN

Guardiola has long been a keen admirer of the legendary forward, who has broken a plethora of records during spells at Man Utd, Real Madrid and Juve.  

Express Sport picks out some of the times that Spaniard has spoken about Ronaldo. 

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Guardiola praised the 36-year-old following his move to Italy in 2018.  

Asked about the £88m transfer, Guardiola said: “Ronaldo, like Messi, is a guy who scores 50 or 60 goals a season.  

“Any team can suffer a little bit if they leave. But it is now their second season without him and Madrid are playing at a good level.

“I have seen their games and there are things they did not do before. They press forward and they don’t wait.

“They are incredibly aggressive with the quality of the players they have.” 

It was earlier in his City reign when Guardiola ranted about not having a match-winning figure among his squad and listed Ronaldo alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar as players who could make a difference to his side.  

“We don’t have a single player who can win a game. We don’t have a Cristiano, [Lionel] Messi, a Neymar,” the 50-year-old sighed. 

“We don’t have these types of players who can win games by themselves. I told the players many times, you have to play as a team. 

“I will be honest. I’d like to have a player to score, every single game, four goals and run like these players can run. I would love it.”

Ahead of City’s Champions League trip to Porto in December 2020, Guardiola was asked about the development of Portuguese football.  

He lauded about the country’s culture and listed national team captain Ronaldo among one of the best footballers of all-time.  

He said: “I’m lucky to enjoy the Portuguese players in the club. I was made with Portuguese players like Luis Figo and Fernando Couto at Barcelona and all of them were incredible professional and incredibly talented players. 

“I have good memories about the relationships with them and it’s the same here. It’s perfect. It’s quite similar. I’m a Catalan and the Portuguese to us is very similar. From our weather, our culture to our lifestyle. 

“I think the national team has an incredible team. It’s one of the favourites for the European Cup and the World Cup. Of course, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best football players of all-time.”
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