Burnley boss Vincent Kompany has ruthlessly mocked Cristiano Ronaldo by claiming he only wants to sign players “that run” as the Portugal icon prepares to find a new club following his departure from Manchester United. The 37-year-old has now left Old Trafford following the mutual termination of his contract with Newcastle and Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr among the clubs already linked with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Former Manchester City defender Kompany is working for the BBC as a pundit during the World Cup and he was jokingly asked by Gary Lineker whether he would be interested in a shock swoop for Ronaldo.
His response was ruthless as he declared: “We need players that can run…”
The brutal comment was met with laughter from Lineker, Alan Shearer and Didier Drogba inside the BBC studio at half-time of France’s clash with Australia.
Rio Ferdinand, who is also working for the BBC, also delivered his reaction to United’s mutual termination of Ronaldo’s contract during coverage of Poland’s 0-0 draw with Mexico.
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Although he is now a free agent, Ronaldo will not be able to officially register with a new club until January 2 when the winter transfer window opens.
His United deal was not due to expire until the end of the current season but Erik ten Hag and the Old Trafford hierarchy decided to cut ties with their attacking talisman, who was said to earn in excess of £500,000 a week.
Ronaldo confirmed in his own personal statement that he will now be saying goodbye to United for a second time.
“Following talks with Manchester United, we’ve mutually agreed to end our contract,” he wrote.
“I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never ever change. It feels like the right time to seek a new challenge. I wish Man Utd all the best.”
United are expected to explore the signing of a potential replacement as soon as January as Ten Hag looks to sharpen up his forward options.
Dusan Vlahovic and Joao Felix are among the players that have been linked with United in previous months, although it is not clear whether their interest is concrete.
The Red Devils were keen on signing another striker in the summer transfer window but failed to settle on the right target having initially shown interest in Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez.