Wayne Rooney reacts to Cristiano Ronaldo's push to join Man City

Wayne Rooney says he has ‘major doubts’ that Cristiano Ronaldo will join Manchester City before the transfer deadline.

City are now focusing on a deal to sign the former Manchester United forward after Harry Kane, who has been their top target all summer, announced this week that he will be staying at Tottenham.

Ronaldo is pushing to leave Juventus and reports on Thursday claimed that the 36-year-old has now agreed personal terms with the Premier League champions and has already spoken with City manager Pep Guardiola.

Rooney, meanwhile, spent five seasons alongside Ronaldo at Old Trafford and the pair were a key part of the United side which won three Premier League titles and the Champions League during that time.

And the Derby manager feels he cannot envisage Ronaldo making the move to United’s title rivals because of his ‘stature’.

When asked for his verdict on Ronaldo’s apparent desire to join City, Rooney replied: ‘I don’t know what to make of it, to be honest.

‘If you’re asking me if I think it’s possible then I have major doubts that it is a possibility.

‘Cristiano has got a great legacy at United. I don’t think he’s going to move somewhere for financial reasons.

‘I’d be unsure if that’s going to happen. I think there’s more chance of it being PSG if he is to leave Juventus.

‘On the other hand, it’s football, it can happen, it has happened before. Big players and legends from Manchester United in terms of Peter Schmeichel went to City, Andy Cole went to City, Mark Hughes managed City.

‘It has happened before but I think someone of Cristiano’s stature I can’t see it happening.’

In a separate interview with talkSPORT, Rooney added: ‘I think Cristiano has got a very good legacy at Manchester United and I know how proud he is as a player and a person. I can’t see it, but it’s football so you never know.

‘I think you need to do what’s right for you as a person, for your family.

‘Everyone knows I could never play for Liverpool or Manchester City. That’s obvious but everyone’s different.

‘I think people move to clubs where they don’t really want to but from a financial point of view that might be the only option they have, so I might get it from some people’s point of view.

‘But in terms of myself that just wouldn’t be an option.’

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