Cristiano Ronaldo wants to join Chelsea because he knows that former club Manchester United are not interested in signing him.
That’s according to The Daily Star, who report that the 32-year-old wants to end his nine-year spell with Madrid and return to England. Numerous media reports over the past few months have claimed that Ronaldo became fed up with life in Spain during the summer after he was accused of tax evasion by the authorities.
The Portuguese superstar has been unable to recapture his sensational form of old this term and has only managed four goals in the La Liga so far, leading many to believe his time at the Santiago Bernabeu may be coming to a close.
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Meanwhile, the future of Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge is currently the subject of intense speculation, with the Belgian being strongly linked with a move to Madrid.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is keen to make a marquee signing this summer, so much so that he is even willing to use Hazard as part of a deal that will see Ronaldo join the Blues.
Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane recently played down speculation that Ronaldo could leave the Santiago Bernabeu when he said: “I can’t imagine a Real Madrid without Cristiano, not at all.
“He’s a Madrid player and he wants to finish his career here. I don’t see him playing anywhere else.”
Why a Man United move is unlikely
Ronaldo is said to believe that a move to Chelsea is the best offer that he will get and it is unlikely that he will move back to United, considering his relationship with Jose Mourinho deteriorated at Madrid.
United have twice been used by Ronaldo in the past as he leveraged their interested to negotiate new contracts with Los Blancos in 2013 and 2015.
Real’s troubled relationship with United will also further complicate matters.
United refused to let the Spanish giants have goalkeeper David De Gea three years ago and in turn, Real did not let the Red Devils sign striker Alvaro Morata.
Morata eventually ended up joining Chelsea last summer and has scored 12 goals for the club so far.
Cristiano still hungry for a challenge
CR7 may now be past his prime but he still appears to be hungry as ever to win games and carry on playing, and it is unlikely that he will quit the game anytime soon.
With things not going according to plan at Real this season, combined with his accusations of tax evasion, the 32-year-old may just fancy a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu in order to pursue a fresh challenge.
Should Chelsea sign Ronaldo, it will be a major coup and in addition to providing them with quality on the pitch, he will also be a good mentor to younger players within the squad.