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Atletico Madrid links to Cristiano Ronaldo are “rumours” – Diego Simeone

Ronaldo agrees deal with Al Nassr

Manager Diego Simeone has rejected the idea that there could be any future chance of Atletico Madrid being interested in Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo was linked with a move away from Manchester United ahead of this new campaign, with a possible link back to Spain on the cards.

The Portuguese international wanted to play Champions League football this season ahead of going to the World Cup in Qatar next month. However, no deal materialised for him, with United preferring to keep hold of the 37-year-old at Old Trafford, despite transfer interest in him.

Alongside links with moves to the USA, China and Saudi Arabia, Atletico were rumoured to be monitoring the situation, despite Ronaldo’s legendary status at their archrival’s Real Madrid.

Simeone claimed those reports were false, and the Argentinian coach added there will be no change on his stance, regardless of Ronaldo’s interest.

“The rumours are far from what actually happened. People sometimes speak to tell what they want to, not what actually happens.”

“Ronaldo is an absolute benchmark for Real Madrid. I would not see Palermo playing at River Plate or Riquelme or Ortega at Boca. There are situations that are very clear,” he said, as per reports from Marca.

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