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Napoli director explains lack of interest in Ronaldo move

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Napoli decided against signing Cristiano Ronaldo as they wanted to build a ‘young team’, according to club director Cristiano Giuntoli.

Ronaldo reportedly asked United to allow his departure earlier this summer. However, the 37-year-old remained at Old Trafford after receiving no suitable offers.

Following debunked links with Bayern Munich and Chelsea, a few Italian sources claimed Napoli might push to return CR7 to Serie A.

However, Guintoli insists the Italian giants never entered the race to sign Ronaldo.

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“During the transfer market we pretend to chat with everyone, and sometimes we do it for real – but we wanted to invest in a young team,” the Napoli director told Corriere dello Sport.

Napoli has relied on Victor Osimhen and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia upfront, shocking Liverpool with a 4-1 win on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo has failed to impress in his few appearances under Erik ten Hag. The five-time Ballon d’Or started for United in their 1-0 defeat to Sociedad in the Europa League.

However, his performance will most likely convince Ten Hag to stick to his four-man attacking unit of Antony, Fernandes, Sancho, and Rashford.

The Red Devils will return to Europa League to meet Sheriff Tiraspol on Sunday.