‘We wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we hadn’t!’ Bayern Munich chief Oliver Kahn CONFIRMS club considered signing Cristiano Ronaldo… before deciding the wantaway Man United star ‘would not have fit our philosophy’
- Cristiano Ronaldo has told United he wants to leave the club this summer
- A host of clubs have been linked with a move for the 37-year-old Portuguese star
- Oliver Kahn revealed Bayern had considered trying to sign Ronaldo from United
- But the German club opted against it despite losing Lewandowski to Barcelona
German champions Bayern Munich internally discussed the possibility of signing Cristiano Ronaldo but decided not to pursue the idea, club CEO Oliver Kahn said on Wednesday.
The 37-year-old forward’s future at Manchester United has been the subject of intense speculation after he told the club he wanted to leave so he can play in the Champions League.
Several reports had also linked him with a potential move to Munich.
Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn has revealed the club discussed signing Cristiano Ronaldo
The Portuguese, who scored 24 goals in all competitions for United last season as they finished sixth in the league and missed out on Champions League qualification, did not join the squad for the pre-season tour starting in Thailand, citing family issues.
‘We discussed this issue because otherwise we would not be doing our job properly,’ Kahn told Germany’s SportBild magazine.
‘I personally consider Cristiano Ronaldo one of the greatest footballers ever on this planet.’
Seven-time Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski left the Bavarians earlier this month to join Barcelona.
Ronaldo has told United he wishes to leave the club if they receive a suitable offer for him
The Portuguese star has not yet returned to training after being given time off to deal with a family issue
‘But we came to the conclusion that despite all the appreciation for Cristiano, he would not have fit in our philosophy in the current situation,’ Kahn said.
Bayern, who last season won their 10th straight league title, have already brought in French teenager Mathys Tel, Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt, striker Sadio Mane as well as Ajax Amsterdam duo Ryan Gravenberch and Noussair Mazrouai.
Kahn was also asked about Tottenham star Harry Kane. ‘I can just say that Harry Kane is an outstanding striker who is now under contract at Tottenham,’ he said.
The Bayern chief had previously labelled a move for the Spurs talisman a ‘dream’, before insisting his club are not interested in signing him this summer.
Kahn’s latest comments come just days after Antonio Conte branded Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann ‘disrespectful’ after he said Kane could ‘score a lot in Bundesliga’.
Kahn also refused to be drawn on a potential move for Tottenham’s talismanic striker Harry Kane