Bayern CEO Kahn says Ronaldo doesn’t fit the club’s ‘philosophy’


BERLIN, Germany July 27Bayern Munich chief executive Oliver Kahn said on Wednesday that making a move for Cristiano Ronaldo in the transfer market would not fit the club’s “philosophy”.

Manchester United striker Ronaldo is reportedly keen to leave the club he joined last year, although new Red Devils manager Erik ten Hag has insisted the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was not for sale.

Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford on Tuesday ahead of talks with Ten Hag over his future.

But Europe’s top clubs, including Bayern, haven’t given up on signing the Portuguese star.

“We discussed this topic, otherwise we wouldn’t be doing our job properly,” Kahn told German daily Bild.

“Personally, I think Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest footballers of all time.

“But we came to the conclusion that, despite the esteem we have for him, he would not have corresponded to our philosophy at the moment.”

Ronaldo, 37, has just one year left on his United contract but is said to be desperate to play in the Champions League.

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Man United struggled last season and could only qualify for the Europa League after finishing sixth in the Premier League.

Bayern saw Robert Lewandowski leave for Barcelona earlier this month and Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has complained the Bavarians tried to lure England captain Harry Kane into joining the Bundesliga champions.

“Harry Kane is an excellent striker who is under contract with Tottenham,” said former Bayern goalkeeper Kahn.

Bayern face RB Leipzig in the German Super Cup on Saturday before opening their Bundesliga title defense at Eintracht Frankfurt on August 5.

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