Juventus director Federico Cherubini has lifted the lid on why Cristiano Ronaldo left the Serie A giants for Manchester United rather than their arch-rivals City, with the Red Devils behaving like a “club with tradition” in transfer talks.
Towards the end of the summer transfer window, it became apparent that the Portuguese superstar had no desire to remain in Turin and would be walking away from the final year of his contract in Italy.
City initially led the race for a much sought-after signature , but Cherubini admits that the Premier League champions did not want to pay a fee for Ronaldo while United were prepared to act more appropriately when it came to discussions in what would become a €23 million (£20m/$27m) deal.
Cherubini told Tuttosport when quizzed on City’s push for a free transfer and United’s subsequent efforts to take a familiar face back to Old Trafford:
“There weren’t the right conditions to do so. Manchester United behaved differently, like a club with tradition.
“There couldn’t be a different end, given the way Ronaldo had spoken to us. We couldn’t force a player to stay in a context that he didn’t recognise anymore.
“We respect Ronaldo, but I share the same view as our president – Juventus’ history is made by great champions, coaches and directors, but the club remains the most important thing.”