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Cristiano Ronaldo nearly joined Manchester City last summer

Cristiano Ronaldo nearly joined Manchester City last summer

Cristiano Ronaldo was "close" to joining Manchester City last year.

The football great returned to Manchester United last summer but has revealed that very nearly joined the club's rivals until an intervention from his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

In an interview with Piers Morgan for TalkTV, Ronaldo said: "Well, honestly, it [moving to City] was close. They spoke a lot and (Pep) Guardiola said two weeks ago that they tried hard to have me.

"But, as you know, my history is in Manchester United. Your heart, you're feeling the way you did before, and it made the difference. And of course, as well, Sir Alex Ferguson. It was a conscious decision because the heart speaks loud in that moment.

"I think it [speaking with Ferguson] was the key. I wouldn't say that Manchester City wasn't close. But I think, I did [make] a conscious decision. I don't regret at some point.

"And as you mentioned before, Sir Alex Ferguson was the key. I spoke with him… He said to me that 'It's impossible for you to come to Manchester City'. And I said 'OK, Boss'."

He added: "So I took the decisions and I repeat: I was with conscience that it was a good decision.

"It was a good moment, nobody expected it. Things changed around in 72 hours. You plan or they spoke, not only Man City but other clubs too. Manchester United wasn't part of those teams but it surprised everybody, even me."

Ronaldo also criticised the team's young players and suggested that the footballers in the current generation do not have his attitude.

He said: "They [the young players] live in a different era. My kid is 12-years-old, the mentality is not the same. The anger [is the difference], they have things more easily. They don't suffer. And they don't care. I don't mean only a few at Manchester United, I mean in all teams.

"The new generation and the new technologies, they distract them. But they are not the same [in the way] that they listen but this is why we have two ears, as you listen from one side and they go away from another side.

"So, it doesn't surprise me. But in the same way, it's a little bit [of a] shame because if they have the best examples in front of eyes, and if they don't, at least copy what [they] did."

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