Cristiano Ronaldo admits he was close to joining Manchester City last summer

Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has told Piers Morgan that he was close to joining Manchester City last summer. Ronaldo was linked with a move to City heavily in 2021 before deciding to rejoin Manchester United.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Nov 17, 2022 07:31 IST

Ronaldo has revealed how Ferguson influenced his decision to return to United (Courtesy: Reuters)

By India Today Web Desk: Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that he was close to joining Manchester City last summer before returning to Old Trafford.

Ronaldo left Juventus last summer and there were rumors suggesting that he would return to England by joining Pep Guardiola’s team. However, he ended up returning to Old Trafford from Turin.

Speaking with Piers Morgan, the Portuguese Superstar admitted that he was close to joining City.

“Well, honestly, it was close… It’s something they spoke (about) a lot and (Manchester City manager Pep) Guardiola said two weeks ago, I guess, that they tried hard to have me,” Ronaldo told Piers Morgan in an interview for TalkTV, the first part of which was aired on Wednesday.

“But as you know, as my history (was) in Manchester United, your heart, your feeling… make the difference. And of course, as well, Sir Alex Ferguson.”

“I was surprised… But it was a conscious decision. Because the heart speaks, speaking loud in that moment,” said Ronaldo.

Ronaldo also spoke about how Sir Alex Ferguson helped him make up his mind and return to Manchester United and not join Manchester City.

The Portuguese superstar said that communication with the legendary manager was key and revealed that Ferguson told him it was impossible for him to join City.

“I think it was the key. It was the difference in that moment, but I cannot be loyal if I will, I wouldn’t say that Manchester City wasn’t close,” Ronaldo said.

“I spoke with him (Ferguson)… He said to me that, ‘It’s impossible for you to come to Manchester City’.

“And I say, ‘OK, Boss’. So I took the decisions and… it was a good decision.”

Ronaldo is currently with the Portugal squad as they get set to compete in the World Cup. Portugal is in Group H with Uruguay, South Korea and Ghana.

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