Marseille have ruled out the possibility of signing Cristiano Ronaldo in the January transfer window as he claimed their squad is more about the team than any one individual.
Ronaldo’s future at Manchester United is in doubt following his actions during Wednesday night’s 2-0 win over Tottenham at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese star refused to be subbed on during the victory and then stormed down the tunnel before the final whistle. He has since been axed from the United squad who travel to play Chelsea on Saturday.
His behaviour has fuelled fresh speculation that he could exit Old Trafford in January, but one possible suitor has quickly quashed any possibility of bringing in the 37-year-old.
Marseille CEO Pablo Longoria was asked about the club’s possible interest in signing the Portuguese star, but gave a damming response to the potential move and said the wantaway player doesn’t fit the current ethos at the club.
‘Cristiano Ronaldo? We always enter into conversations. Football is very clear, you do with the means you have at your disposal, with an economic balance. You have to do everything to get the best results, look for ways to improve the team but with financial stability,’ Longoria said.
‘This is important in 2022. We need a lasting economic situation. We are far from ideas like that, big stars, individual players.
‘We are more for the players collectives that give us individual performance at the service of the collective. We have a project where everyone must make themselves available to a collective.’
Marseille would fit one of Ronaldo’s wishes as the French side are in the Champions League and could qualify for the last 16 as they are second in their group behind Tottenham.
Ronaldo’s conduct in the victory over Spurs has been widely condemned but Erik ten Hag confirmed on Friday that the forward remained part of his plans.
The win was United’s best performance of the season as Ten Hag’s side continue to get positive results without Ronaldo in the starting line-up.