Oliver Kahn confirms that Bayern Munich won’t be signing Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Bayern Munich (opens in new tab) CEO Oliver Kahn has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be joining the club on a free transfer.

In an interview with Sky Sports Germany (opens in new tab), Kahn emphasised that the 37-year-old striker doesn’t fit into Bayern’s plans.

“We have already dealt with this,” said Kahn, referring to the Bundesliga champions’ decision to turn down Ronaldo when he was offered to them over the summer.

“We have a clear idea, a clear philosophy of how our squad should be put together. We all appreciate him, there's no discussion. We all love Cristiano Ronaldo, but that's something that doesn't fit into our idea.”

Unlike his former clubs Manchester United (opens in new tab), Juventus (opens in new tab) and Real Madrid (opens in new tab), Bayern aren’t renowned for signing players based on the strength of their brand and marketing reach.

Run in a more methodical way than other European powerhouses, they continue to dominate German football, winning their 10th consecutive league title earlier this year.

Despite losing Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona (opens in new tab), they remain as prolific as ever, notching 49 goals in their first 15 Bundesliga games of the season.

Ronaldo is searching for a new home after being released by Man United following an unauthorised interview in which he criticised the club and manager Erik ten Hag.

The Portuguese international and his agent, Jorge Mendes, unsuccessfully looked to seal a move away from Old Trafford during the last transfer window.

He was offered to several of Europe’s leading clubs after confirming that he wanted to play in the Champions League this season.

Man United failed to qualify for the competition having finished sixth in the Premier League, 13 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur (opens in new tab).

Although Ronaldo still scored plenty of goals in his second spell at the club, he was accused of undermining the team’s overall performances with his lack of work rate and intensity.

Controversy has continued to follow him into the World Cup, where he tried to claim a goal off teammate Bruno Fernandes in Portugal (opens in new tab)’s 2-0 win over Uruguay (opens in new tab).

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Sean Cole

Sean Cole is a freelance journalist. He has written for FourFourTwo, BBC Sport and When Saturday Comes among others. A Birmingham City supporter and staunch Nikola Zigic advocate, he once scored a hat-trick at St. Andrew’s (in a half-time game). He also has far too many football shirts and spends far too much time reading the Wikipedia pages of obscure players.