Bayern Munich chief responds to ‘completely unfounded’ Ronaldo links

Josh Challies

Bayern Munich fans may have been caught in excitement in recent days following reports linking the Bavarian giants to the services of Real Madrid icon Cristiano Ronaldo- but bad news is doing the rounds.

The Bundesliga champions’ CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has addressed the speculation in a post on the club’s official website, where he stated links between Carlo Ancelotti’s side and Ballon D’Or winner Ronaldo were the ‘hoax of the day’.

“We’re used to being the subject of intense transfer speculation during transfer windows. Normally we don’t comment on rumours, but in this case, we would like to make our position on Cristiano Ronaldo absolutely clear: This rumour is completely unfounded and must be consigned to the realms of fantasy.”

Bayern will of course know Ronaldo’s talent first-hand after the Portuguese ace netted five goals over the course of two-legs during a Champions League quarter-final clash with Ancelotti’s side back in April, with Ronaldo staying on-form throughout Los Blancos’ successful title defence.

Links to Ronaldo certainly raised some eyebrows as it wouldn’t be like Bayern Munich to spend an audacious amount on the Portuguese ace, considering he’s now 32, and a return to Manchester United or a move to Paris Saint-Germain seem to be the most likely options.

However, it’ll certainly be a disappointment to Bayern fans as the Bavarian giants need significant additions to their wide options with Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery way past their sell by date and leaving a massive void to fill in the side.

Serge Gnabry has been brought in and Kingsley Coman’s spell in Bavaria looks set to be made permanently but the loss of Douglas Costa means Bayern will lack options out wide- whilst Gnabry and Coman are certainly not comparable to Ronaldo.

It would be an interesting move on Ronaldo’s part though as he’d test himself in yet another league and securing success in Germany would certainly help him stake a claim to be the best player of all time- as he would’ve conquered England, Spain and the Bundesliga.

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