Sporting CP president Federico Varandas has distanced the membership from an method for former participant Cristiano Ronaldo, whose Manchester United profession seems to be in tatters following an explosive interview by which he closely criticised the membership.
Ronaldo, who had already requested to go away Outdated Trafford in the course of the summer season, mentioned he felt ‘betrayed’ by United, alleged that membership officers tried to pressure him out, spoke of his lack of respect for coach Erik ten Hag and in addition known as out the Glazer household’s possession.
Sporting had been initially exploring methods to re-sign Ronaldo on the finish of the summer season switch window however nothing formal ever materialised earlier than the deadline got here.
Sporting director Hugo Viana had refused in July to rule out a reunion sooner or later: “He can resolve the place he can go. However you by no means know the long run…so no matter he decides, let’s see.”
However head Ruben Amorim mentioned solely not too long ago that the price of bringing Ronaldo again to the Jose Alvalade Stadium was prohibitive: “All people in Sporting desires of the return for Cristiano however we do not have the cash to pay his wages.”
Now, Varandas has denied ideas that Amorim vetoed any method, insisting it was by no means realistically an choice for the membership and that it was by no means formally mentioned.
“He’ll at all times be the reference of Sporting’s academy and the perfect Portuguese participant ever,” the president advised RTP3 in Portugal.
“Now, I am not going to make noise. If Ruben Amorim vetoed the return? After all not. It was by no means even a subject or was on the desk. There was by no means a dialog with me, with Hugo Viana or Amorim. This subject by no means existed. I do know it sells rather a lot within the press.”
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