'A big personality': Two European giants explain why they didn't sign Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag gives instructions to Cristiano Ronaldo during the Premier League game against Southampton.
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Bayern Munich director Hasan Salihamidzic has revealed that he spoke to Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes about a potential summer transfer, but Napoli insist that they were never in the running for the Manchester United star. 

Uncertainty over Ronaldo’s future was one of the major plots of the summer transfer window, but he was still a United player by the end of deadline day on Thursday.

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.