Bayern Munich confirm decision on Cristiano Ronaldo transfer

1 year ago

Free agent Cristiano Ronaldo will not be joining Bayern Munich, says chief executive officer Oliver Kahn, despite acknowledging “we all love” the forward. Portugal captain Ronaldo will be on the hunt for a new club after his exit from Manchester United, which has come less than 18 months after his return to Old Trafford.

With the attacker’s focus firmly on the World Cup, his next steps are not yet known, though that has not stopped him from being linked to a slew of leading sides across the globe. One club he will not be headed to, however, is Bayern, with Kahn reiterating there is no place for Ronaldo in the make-up of Julian Nagelsmann’s team.

“We have already dealt with this [speculation],” Kahn told Sky Sport Germany. “We have a clear idea, a clear philosophy of how our squad should be put together. “We all appreciate him, there’s no discussion. We all love Cristiano Ronaldo, but that’s something that doesn’t fit into our idea.”

Kahn sidestepped speculation over Bayern’s reported long-term interest in England captain Harry Kane, with the Tottenham forward frequently mooted as a target. “Of course he’s a very good player, but there are also many other very good players,” Kahn said. “I’ve read that everywhere, Oliver Kahn and Harry Kane.

“We deal with many, many players, and it is not okay to talk about players who are signed to other clubs. We have a very good squad that is doing an excellent job at the moment.” Bayern sit four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, ahead of Freiburg, and topped their Champions League group earlier this season with a perfect record of six wins from six matches.

Having lost Robert Lewandowski in the summer, Bayern have successfully leant on both Sadio Mane and Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting for goals from their strikers, while Jamal Musiala leads the team for both goals (nine) and assists (seven).

Bayern are expected to try and bolster their forward line next summer, rather than in January, and sources have confirmed to 90min that the Bundesliga giants are following a number of possible signings, including Harry Kane, Patrik Schick and Jonathan David. Kahn also discussed Bayern’s interest in Tottenham talisman Kane, once again batting away the speculation and refusing to go into detail about players under contract elsewhere.