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Rio Ferdinand revealed that he called Cristiano Ronaldo “immediately” in an attempt to persuade the Juventus star not to sign for Manchester City.
Reports this week suggested that Manchester United’s big Ronaldo had been offered to rivals City by his agent Jorge Mendes.
City were on the hunt for a striker after missing out on Harry Kane, who is staying at Tottenham.
As late as Friday morning – when Ronaldo left Juve training – it looked like Portugal’s captain was ready to sign for the Premier League champions.
The speculation first arose when Juve coach Massimilano Allegri confirmed that Ronaldo is leaving Turin, but in a remarkable turnaround, it is United who are instead ready to sign the 36-year-old, who they sold to Real Madrid in 2009.
The Red Devils confirmed on Friday that they have reached an agreement to bring the 36-year-old back to Old Trafford, subject to agreed personal terms, a visa application and the completion of a doctor.
A fee of € 15 million has been reported. Plus € 8 million In additions.
And in an appearance in an interview for his fashion brand, FIVE, Ferdinand revealed that he was talking to his former teammate.
Ferdinand, who was wearing sunglasses in the video, said before United confirmed that a deal has been agreed: “It’s a beautiful day man, and when it’s a beautiful day, you’ve worn shades!
“Sir Alex Ferguson would have been exactly the same, he would have hated to see Cristiano Ronaldo in a Man City shirt, just like everyone who has been connected for a long time in this football club.
“I called him [Ronaldo] immediately: ‘What’s going on? Tell me you’re lying. ‘Each type’ no, no, no, no ‘in the conversation.
“I’m like the fans, we’re all the same that way. ‘Please tell me you are not going there.’
“I hope there is a message and it is one that I would be happy with. It’s the best. We have seen some good shopping this summer. ”