Cristiano Ronaldo will not return to Manchester United, according to his agent. Jorge Mendes, the same agent who looks after the interest of Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria, has insisted that there’s absolutely no chance of the Portuguese returning to United and that Ronaldo will finish his career with Real Madrid.
Mendes admitted that United hold a special place in Ronaldo’s heart but said it was “impossible” for him to return to Old Trafford.
Roma owner James Pallotta has told Manchester United that Kevin Strootman is not for sale at any price and that Louis Van Gaal will have to look elsewhere to strengthen his midfield options in January.
United have been linked with a move for the Dutchman in the winter transfer window, with many suggesting that Van Gaal sees Strootman as the missing piece of his midfield jigsaw, but Pallotta said that once Strootman returns to full fitness following his cruciate ligament injury, he will do so in the Eternal City.
Wayne Rooney is a target for Monaco, according to Vadim Vasilyev, the club’s vice-president and the closest adviser to the Russian billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev.
Monaco have monitored Rooney for over 18 months and, according to the Daily Telegraph, they were close to sign the United captain in the 2013 summer’s transfer window, with the prospect of offering him a tax-free deal, before Rooney eventually decided to commit his future to United by signing a new five-year deal worth £300,000-a-week in February.
Roy Keane has reopened his war of words with Sir Alex Ferguson by giving a typically forthright version of the events that led to the Irishman leaving the club in 2005.
In his new biography, The Second Half, Keane claims that he felt stitched up by Fergie and Gill, who simply wanted to force him out of the club in the wake of an interviewed he had given to MUTV, in which he had criticised some younger players. Keane insists that Ferguson and Queiroz simply needed an excuse to get rid of him and the decision had been made before he showed up for a meeting with the former United manager and Gill.
In one of the many revelations to come out of his new book, Roy Keane revealed details of a bust-up he and Peter Schmeichel during a pre-season tour in Asia in 1998.
Keane said that he head-butted the Danish after a fight broke out between the two in the hotel, leaving the former United keeper with a black eye.
Angel Di Maria has described leaving Real Madrid to join Manchester United as growing process for his career, claiming that swapping the Santiago Bernabeu for Old Trafford has made him a better player.
Selling Di Maria was a surprise move by Real Madrid, given the Argentina international was a pivotal figure as Carlo Ancelotti’s men clinched their 10th European Cup last week, but Madrid’s loss has definitely been United’s gain, with the 26-year-old making waves in his first two months in the Premier League.
Radamel Falcao opened his tally for Manchester United as he netted the winner against Everton on Sunday and the Colombian said he’s eager to extend his stay at Old Trafford beyond his loan spell.
United’s number nine has been linked with a permanent move to the club next summer ever since he joined on loan from Monaco on transfer deadline day, as reports suggesting United had signed on loan purely to circumnavigate a potential issue related to Financial Fair Play began to emerge.
Manchester United’s pursuit of Kevin Strootman has received an unexpected boost, after Roma manager Rudi Garcia admitted he wouldn’t have the final say on the Dutchman’s future in the event of an offer.
Garcia has repeatedly ruled the possibility of selling the Dutchman, who impressed in his first campaign in Serie A before suffering an anterior cruciate ligament which forced him to miss the World Cup, stating that the Giallorossi had no intention of parting way with the former PSV midfielder.