Marseille president aims dig at Cristiano Ronaldo as he rules out a move
Posted by  badge Boss on Oct 21, 2022 - 05:30PM
Cristiano Ronaldo will not be moving to Marseille (Picture: Getty Images)

Marseille president Pablo Longoria says he has no intention of making a move for , saying he only wants ‘team players’ at his club.

The Portuguese superstar could be leaving in January as his troubled time at Old Trafford continues.

The 37-year-old has been largely used from the bench under new manager Erik ten Hag, but refused to come on as a substitute against Tottenham on Wednesday, walking down the Old Trafford tunnel before the end of the game.

He has now been left out of the squad for the Premier League clash with on Saturday and his future at the club is in serious question.

Ronaldo will be keen to move on in January, but there may well be a lack of interested parties, just as there was over the summer.

Marseille will certainly not be trying to tempt the striker to France, with Longoria saying he does not fit their plan at all.

‘ is very clear. You make do with the means you have at your disposal, with a financial balance,’ Longoria told RMC Sport.

Pablo Longoria does not want superstars disrupting his plans (Picture: Getty Images)

‘You have to do everything to get better results, seek to improve the team, but with financial stability. That’s important in 2022. We need a sustainable financial situation.”

‘We are far from ideas like that [signing Ronaldo], of big stars, individual players. We’re more focused on team players who put in individual performances which serve the team.

‘We have a project where everyone needs to work for a collective.’

Explaining the Ronaldo situation at a press conference on Friday, Ten Hag said the forward remains a key part of the United set-up, but not this weekend at Stamford Bridge.

‘He remains an important player in the squad,’ said the Dutchman. ‘I am the manager, I am responsible for the culture here and I have to set standards and values and I have to control them. In the team, we have values and standards and I have to control that.

‘After Vallecano [when Ronaldo left early during a friendly] I told him it was unacceptable but not just him everyone. This is the second time, there are consequences.

‘We miss him tomorrow. It’s a miss for the squad but it’s important for the attitude and mentality of the group and now we have to focus on Chelsea as that is important.’


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