Jurgen Klopp says Ronaldo is not a player for the future

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he is watching the developments over Cristiano Ronaldo‘s future “like a football supporter” – and says he is not a player “for the future”.

Ronaldo turns 37 next February, with his professional career having spanned 19 years so far.

The Portuguese icon has established himself as one of the greatest players of all-time, winning a total of nine different world player of the year awards.

He has won the Champions League on five occasions, league titles in three countries and the European Championships with Portugal back in 2016.

Ronaldo indicated his desire to leave current club Juventus yesterday, according to Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri.

Allegri said: “Cristiano told me yesterday that he wants to leave Juventus immediately.

“It’s true and confirmed. This is why he wasn’t training today and he’s not available for tomorrow’s match v Empoli.”

Ronaldo was heavily linked with a move to Manchester City in the early hours of today.

But City have since withdrawn their interest – and Ronaldo’s former club Manchester United are now in talks to sign him.

Klopp on Ronaldo transfer rumours

Plenty of high-profile figures have had their say on the forward’s future – including Liverpool boss Klopp.

Speaking before City pulled out of the potential move, Klopp said: “Cristiano Ronaldo to Man City? I watch that like a football supporter actually.

“Let’s see what happens. If other clubs can do things for this, it’s not a business for the future – it is for now and immediately – some clubs work like that.”

If Ronaldo does complete his move to City’s rivals United, it would represent a return to a club that he left 12 years ago to join Real Madrid.

And current United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said in his press conference earlier today: “If he was ever going to move away from Juventus, he knows we’re here.”

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