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What Ronaldo Has Said About Man City

With Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo linked with a shock move to Manchester City, here is what he has previously said about potentially joining the Premier League champions.

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The 36-year-old appears set to stay at the Bianconeri for the 2021/22 campaign, although speculation in England suggests that he is being considered as a possible signing for Pep Guardiola in this transfer window.

Due to his relationship with Manchester United and their fans, though, it seems unlikely Ronaldo would agree to a move to the Citizens. The Portuguese spent six years with the Red Devils between 2003 and 2009, scoring 118 goals and winning nine trophies.

Crazier things have happened in football, however, so perhaps looking back at what the player himself has said in the past about similar rumours could provide a more accurate analysis of this potential transfer.

In 2013, while on Real Madrid's books, Ronaldo was asked about the prospect of moving back to Manchester to play for City instead of the 20-time English champions.

"To play for City, not United? I'm not going to do that. Why? Because my heart's in Manchester United, that's why," he answered, according to the Daily Mirror.

"I can say it would be very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very difficult to play at Manchester City. Very difficult because of Manchester United."

How did Ronaldo fare in the Premier League?

The then-winger made 196 appearances in England's top division for United, contributing to a remarkable 129 strikes in the form of 84 goals and 45 assists. In terms of titles, Ronaldo lifted the Premier League trophy on three occasions.

All of his league triumphs came consecutively between 2007 and 2009, with the 2007/08 campaign being the pinnacle of his goalscoring influence as he struck 31 times in 34 EPL matches.

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