Al Nassr boss Rudi Garcia reveals Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Europe
Al Nassr manager Rudi Garcia confirms Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Europe.
Al Nassr head coach Rudi Garcia has acknowledged that Cristiano Ronaldo will leave the club in order to finish his career in Europe.
The 38-year-old had his Manchester United contract terminated in November after he gave a bombshell interview to Piers Morgan, in which he criticised the club’s facilities and said he had no respect for Erik ten Hag.
With the Saudi team Al Nassr, Ronaldo agreed to a record-breaking contract that will pay him an estimated £175 million annually.
Ronaldo’s two-year contract would keep him in Saudi Arabia into the age of 40 if he stays there, and prior to joining the team, the Portugal captain received few offers from other teams.
Ronaldo’s manager in Riyadh, Garcia, a former manager of Roma, claims that Ronaldo will visit Europe before retiring.
‘Cristiano Ronaldo is a positive addition, as he helps to disperse defenders,’ said Garcia.
‘He is one of the best players in the world. He will not finish his career at Al Nassr, he will return to Europe.
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In two games for the club, Ronaldo has failed to score, and they were knocked out of the cup by rivals Al Ittihad last week.
Garcia says Ronaldo’s new teammates shouldn’t be focused on passing him the ball and that it’s important not to be overawed by him.
‘Ronaldo missed a chance on goal that would have turned the game around in the first half but I congratulate Al Ittihad,’ said Garcia.
‘They were much better than us until the break. So we reacted but we could no longer turn around. We lost the Super Cup but we are still first in the championship.
‘It is very important that the players play normally and don’t always try to give Cristiano the ball.
‘I told them they had to make the right decisions on the field. Obviously, when Cristiano or Talisca are alone and ask for the ball, we have to give them the ball.
‘These two players are capable of making a difference. I think sometimes we had good crossing positions, but there were not enough people in the box, sometimes not Ronaldo or Talisca.We have to work on it, have one of them in the area and maybe the other will play outside the area.’
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