Guardiola gives verdict on Man City's defeat at Tottenham
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Manchester City’s stance on a sensational transfer for Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly been made clear amid the Premier League champions’ pursuit of Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
City boss Pep Guardiola’s wish to sign a new striker is likely to have been accelerated by a disappointing attacking performance in the club’s opening Premier League game.
Guardiola’s side were surprisingly beaten 1-0 by Kane’s Spurs, although the England captain missed the game having only returned to pre-season training last week.
Sergio Aguero’s departure to Barcelona had already left a gaping hole in the Spaniard’s forward options but City managed just four shots on target on Sunday.
Kane has made clear his desire to leave the North Londoners in a quest for the major honours that have eluded his career so far.
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He is a long-term transfer target for City, who are reportedly willing to discuss a deal with Spurs. The North Londoners are unwilling to sell.
Spurs’ stance might force City to look for other targets but one is not Manchester United hero Ronaldo, according to the Manchester Evening News.
They claim that City have ignored the opportunity to sign the 36-year-old, whose Juve future remains uncertain despite a stinging statement attacking media reports about his situation.
Ronaldo enjoyed a trophy-laden six years at City’s fierce rivals United, in which he first became one of the world’s best players under Sir Alex Ferguson.
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He won three Premier League titles and a Champions League before departing for Real Madrid in a then-world record £90m transfer.
An incredible nine-year career in Madrid followed. Ronaldo scored a staggering 450 goals in 438 appearances before moving to Italy in 2018.
A move to City would likely infuriate United fans.
The Portugal international’s future has been unclear recently, with wide-ranging rumours linking him to United, City and Paris Saint-Germain.
Ronaldo hit out at those reports on Tuesday but did not rule out a transfer with just a year remaining on his Juve contract.
“Anyone who knows me is aware of how focused I am on my work. Less talk and more action, this has been my guiding motto since the start of my career,” he wrote.
“However, in view of everything that’s been said and written recently, I have to set out my position.
“More than the disrespect for me as a man and as a player, the frivolous way that my future is covered in the media is disrespectful to all the clubs involved in these rumours, as well as to their players and staff.”
He continued: “As well as this most recent episode in Spain, there have been frequent news and stories associating me with a number of clubs in many different Leagues, with nobody ever being concerned about trying to find out the actual truth.
“I’m breaking my silence now to say that I can’t allow people to keep playing around with my name.
“I remain focused on my career and in my work, committed and prepared for all the challenges that I have to face.”
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