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“Invest in young players”- Newcastle boss addresses links to Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United hope to terminate contract of Portugal icon Cristiano Ronaldo by mutual consent.
Manchester United hope to terminate contract of Portugal icon Cristiano Ronaldo by mutual consent. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Eddie Howe plays down Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo transfer links

Speaking in an interview as quoted by Manchester Evening News, Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe has played down links linking the club to a transfer for Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Ronaldo saga has started all over for Man United yet again with the Red Devils superstar being heavily linked with an exit from the club ahead of the January transfer window. Newcastle United are rumoured to be one of the clubs that want him.

Ronaldo is under a heavy spotlight in recent days following his comments on manager Erik ten Hag and Man United as a whole which has definitely not gone down well with most of the supporters of the English club.

Manchester United's Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Manchester United German Interim head coach Ralf Rangnick (R) shake hands after the final whistle of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on December 5, 2021.
Manchester United’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo and former interim head coach Ralf Rangnick. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

The 37-year-old superstar striker has not had the best of seasons in front of goal. He is really struggling to find the back of the net on a regular basis and there have been times this season when Ten Hag has not preferred Ronaldo at all.

For a player who has always been used to finding a team built around him, it is not easy for Ronaldo to adjust to the fact that he is no longer the main man at Man United and the 37-year-old is struggling to come to terms with reality.

Speaking about the links to the player, Eddie Howe praised Ronaldo but said that they were looking at younger profiles

“He’s still an outstanding player and should never be underestimated. We’re trying to provide long-term growth, we’ve got a longer-term vision. At the moment, we have quite an ageing squad, so we probably need to invest in more young players”

It looks increasingly likely that Ronaldo has already played his last ever game for Man United. The 37-year-old might be looking to find a new club in January and it remains to be seen which clubs are interested in signing him.

Ronaldo will now focus on helping Portugal win the World Cup. The 37-year-old striker is probably playing his last ever World Cup and he will want to try and win a cup that has eluded him throughout his career.

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Ronaldo’s future at Man United is uncertain. However, it does not look like he has many options either. Let’s see how this develops.

Written by Pranav Kannan

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