By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
Manchester City Captain, Fernandinho, has spoken up on Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Manchester United, stating that Manchester city could have landed the Portuguese international to their side.
Manchester City had a “considerable chance” of signing Cristiano Ronaldo before he re-joined Manchester United.” he said .
Apparently, the premier league champions were very keen on getting Ronaldo to their side as they were strongly linked with Ronaldo who spent three years with Juventus.
However, a sudden move by Manchester United secured the five time Ballon d’Or winner to their side. A deal worth up to £19.67million (€23m) was agreed and Ronaldo returned after 12 years of departure from his kid club.
Fernandinho while speaking with ESPN Brasil about Ronaldo’s move to Manchester United, said : “I think they had a good, considerable chance.
“I think his agent [Jorge Mendes] was here at the club renewing the contracts of Ederson, Ruben Dias, seeing the situation of Bernardo Silva and Joao Cancelo.
“Obviously, if you’re there at the table, you can talk about everything and every possible player.”
Fernandinho also made reference to the fact that subsequent meeting with Alex Ferguson might have contributed to Ronaldo’s decision to join Manchester United rather than Manchester city.
He said: “I think that a lot of expectations were also raised with the possibility of him coming here. No doubt this ends up affecting not only the fans, but also the people inside the club.
“But in the end, things didn’t work out, he didn’t close the deal, and ended up going to the red side of town. Life goes on.”, he concluded
Ronaldo has been making impacts already in Manchester United so far, more is expected of him.