Cristiano Ronaldo’s hopes of reuniting with Al-Nassr with two Real Madrid stars dashed

Cristiano Ronaldo suffered another setback with Al-Nassr after Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti ruled out the Saudi transfers of Karim Benzema and Luka Modric. The Los Blancos duo had been linked with moves to the Middle East in January.

Al-Nassr was interested in the idea of ​​luring Benzema or Modric to Riyadh to team up with Ronaldo. But Ancelotti brushed aside that speculation on Wednesday, insisting that both players will stay at the Bernabeu for the rest of their careers.

The former Everton manager says the Madrid legends will finish their careers at the club and doesn’t expect any of them to want to leave for the Saudi Pro League. Ronaldo will therefore be deprived of a reunion with his former teammates.

In a scathing review of Al-Nassr, Ancelotti said: « I don’t think Benzema or Modric are going to come to my office because I don’t think they need my advice. Madrid legends should stay in Madrid, and retire here. That’s what I think and we’re talking about two legends”.

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Ronaldo had a difficult start in Saudi Arabia. The Manchester United icon hasn’t scored in his opening two matches as his new club were knocked out of the Saudi Super Cup last weekend.

Al-Nassr boss Rudi Garcia appeared to blame Ronaldo for missing a great chance in the 3-1 cup elimination against Al-Ettihad. “One of the things that changed the course of the match was the missed chance by Cristiano Ronaldo in the first half,” said the Frenchman.

Ronaldo signed a £175million-a-year deal to join Al-Nassr in January. It was a brave effort to find a club in Europe after he was sacked by Man Utd in November, including training at Real’s base at Valdebebas with first-team coaches in attendance.

But Ancelotti decided against signing Ronaldo and has now denied him another meeting with his former colleagues. The Saudis believe they have pulled off a coup by luring the 37-year-old striker to the Gulf country, offering him an incredible deal.

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They believe they can keep Ronaldo until the end of his career, the player’s contract allowing him to exceed the age of 40. However, Garcia appeared to suggest that Ronaldo will return to Europe before long.

He said: “Cristiano Ronaldo is a positive addition because he helps disperse defenders. He’s one of the best players in the world. He will not end his career at Al Nassr, he will return to Europe. »

Ronaldo will play for Al-Nassr in the Saudi Pro League game against Al-Fateh on Saturday. He hopes to score his first goal with his new team.

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