Manager breaks silence on Cristiano Ronaldo amid latest Rangers talk
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Manager breaks silence on Cristiano Ronaldo amid latest Rangers talk

Some Rangers fans might’ve got a little carried away with themselves earlier amid links to Man Utd’s Cristiano Ronaldo but reports of Napoli interest had plenty dreaming of an Ibrox visit.

It doesn’t get much bigger than the legendary Portuguese striker who is reportedly aiming for a way out of Man United so he can play Champions League football this season.

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The former Real Madrid and Juventus attacker is the competition’s all-time top goalscorer (141) and with the forward now being 37 he clearly wants to maximise his time at Europe’s top table.

Erik ten Hag’s Man United are experiencing an upturn in playing fortunes but their Europa League status has plenty backing Cristiano Ronaldo to leave before the window shuts.

We don’t have to tell you that pigs will likely fly before Rangers sign the £500k per week striker to play in the Champions League with them this season, contrary to some utterly mental ‘reporting’.

But there is a scenario involving Serie A Napoli which means the legendary CR7 could wind-up turning out at Ibrox this season after all, only playing against Rangers.

The Gers have drawn the Italians in the club’s first foray into the Champions League Group Stages for a generation with English giants Liverpool and Amsterdam outfit Ajax completing an exciting Group A.

Reports this week had suggested that Man Utd might look to use Cristiano Ronaldo as a makeweight for the transfer of Nigerian international Victor Osimhen.

Gianluca di Marzio claimed that superagent Jorge Mendes was trying to broker a deal which would see Cristiano Ronaldo head to Napoli and £69m striker Osimhen head to Old Trafford.

But now, Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti has been discussing the claims in the press and whilst he admits he’d be open to hooking up with Cristiano Ronaldo, the Italian coach called such a deal “unlikely” with only days to run in the transfer window.

“If you’re asking me if I’d like to work with Ronaldo, I tell you no coach would say no to that,” said Spalletti, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.

“However, as Osimhen’s agent said, there are no negotiations. Speaking to [President Aurelio] De Laurentiis, he told me that he received no offer, so let’s remain as realistic as possible here and take into consideration only things that could happen.

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“There are only a few days left in the transfer window, it seems unlikely that could go through. There is nothing concrete at the moment.”

So whilst there might still be some Rangers fans holding out hope that Cristiano Ronaldo will turn out at Ibrox next season, it remains decidedly unlikely it will be the case either in the blue of Rangers or even for Champions League opponents Napoli.

Meanwhile, read about how one former Celtic boss finds himself at the centre of yet another potentially exciting Rangers transfer.