Chelsea’s pursuit of Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo has come to an end.
The 37-year-old international from Portugal wants to quit the team and a transfer to Stamford Bridge has been mentioned.
However, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel stated that his “focus is on defence” after bringing in former Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling on Wednesday.
Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, has also stated that Ronaldo is “in our plans” and “not for sale.”
The attacker has not yet travelled with Manchester United on their pre-season tour of Asia and Australia due to “personal issues,” according to Ten Hag.
Tuchel responded to a question from BBC Sport on Wednesday concerning Ronaldo’s potential suitors saying “Ronaldo’s career speaks for himself,” the manager said as reported by BBC Sports. He further said, “I know there are rumours out there but I will not start speaking about other top clubs’ top players.”
Sterling, an England international, is reportedly a star acquisition for Chelsea’s new owners, who are reportedly thrilled with his hiring. In preparation for the upcoming season, Sterling has joined the Chelsea group in Los Angeles.
Romelu Lukaku left on loan for Inter Milan, and Tuchel expressed his optimism that Sterling could mould his club and lead a young attack.