PSG president outlines stance on Cristiano Ronaldo transfer

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PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has declared it is “hard to think about Cristiano Ronaldo” when the club already have Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi. The chairman of Qatar Sports Investments has therefore poured cold water on the idea of snapping up the 37-year-old veteran on a free transfer – even though Argentine superstar Messi could be heading for the exit door next summer.

Messi is out of contract at the end of the season and is yet to show any signs of extending his deal with PSG 18 months into his stay in France.

Inter Miami are now confident of closing the signing of Messi on a free transfer and that could potentially open an avenue for Ronaldo to replace him at the Parc des Princes.

But PSG are now supposedly moving away from their old strategy of signing mega stars following the appointment of Luis Campos as football advisor earlier this year.

That is one of the reasons why Al-Khelaifi seems to hold little interest in bringing Ronaldo to Ligue 1. He told Sky: ““Signing Ronaldo? The three players that we have [Messi, Neymar and Mbappe] it’s very difficult to think about Ronaldo.

“I wish him all the best. He’s fantastic and he’s still an amazing player.”

Ronaldo has now denied that he has an agreement with Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr over a January transfer.

After leaving Manchester United by mutual consent, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner wants to focus on the World Cup and winning the tournament with Portugal.

Beyond that, he will be tasked with finding his next challenge alongside super-agent Jorge Mendes.

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Fellow Saudi club Al Hilal are also thought to be keen on landing Ronaldo but they cannot sign new players until next summer due to a transfer ban.

It’s understood Ronaldo would like to remain in Europe although there is an appreciation that it may no longer be possible.

Al-Nassr are willing to pay the former Real Madrid and Juventus star around £150million per season over the course of a two-and-a-half year contract.

Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Napoli and Sporting were all offered the chance to sign the player before the start of the season before he eventually stayed with United.

However, his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan on TALKTV proved to be his final act as a Manchester United player before his contract was torn up.

Ronaldo was benched by Portugal boss Fernando Santos on Tuesday night for his nation’s World Cup last-16 clash against Switzerland.

His replacement Goncalo Ramos struck an incredible hat-trick as Portugal romped to a 6-1 victory in Qatar.

Santos brought Ronaldo off the bench in the second half but he couldn’t get himself on the scoresheet as veteran Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro and Rafael Leao also found the net.

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