Sport: Dortmund CEO claims he 'loves' Ronaldo but there has been 'no contact'

Erik ten Hag will make a decision on starting Ronaldo TOMORROW

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Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted to 'loving' Cristiano Ronaldo and the 'charming idea' of seeing him at Dortmund, but he was keen to stress that 'no contact' had been made with Manchester United.

Ronaldo has been hoping for a move away from Old Trafford this summer but has been turned down by a number of European clubs, including Chelsea and Atletico Madrid.

The 37-year-old is keen to play another season of Champions League football to secure his record as the tournament's highest ever scorer, with United only qualifying for the Europa League this term.

Borussia Dortmund insist they have had no talks with Man United over Cristiano Ronaldo © Provided by Daily Mail Borussia Dortmund insist they have had no talks with Man United over Cristiano Ronaldo Borussia Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke (left) admitted he 'loves' Ronaldo © Provided by Daily Mail Borussia Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke (left) admitted he 'loves' Ronaldo

Lionel Messi lurks just 15 goals behind him and is likely to play a big role in PSG's European campaign this season.

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In quotes carried by Fabrizio Romano, Watzke said: 'I love Cristiano Ronaldo - it's certainly a charming idea to see Cristiano play at Signal Iduna Park.  But there is no contact at all between the parties involved.'

Dortmund have already brought in one striker this month after they signed Anthony Modeste from FC Koln.

Borussia Dortmund have recently brought in Anthony Modeste from FC Koln © Provided by Daily Mail Borussia Dortmund have recently brought in Anthony Modeste from FC Koln Sebastien Haller is to undergo chemotherapy for a testicular tumour and will be out long-term © Provided by Daily Mail Sebastien Haller is to undergo chemotherapy for a testicular tumour and will be out long-term

He was brought in to replace Sebastien Haller - who only signed from Ajax earlier this summer - but will now be out for several months as he undergoes chemotherapy for a testicular tumour.

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Ronaldo has failed to make an impact so far this season as United have lost both of their opening Premier League games.

Despite this, there are some who think he could be the man to turn things around at the club.

Manchester United are yet to pick up a point in the Premier League so far this season © Provided by Daily Mail Manchester United are yet to pick up a point in the Premier League so far this season

Speaking on The Diary of a CEO podcast, Gary Neville said:  '[Ronaldo] wants to finish his career at a club that's achieving great things.

'But I do think he's the only player in that dressing room that could lead them. He's the only one with the in-built resilience and mental strength.

'The club is in crisis and it needs leaders to lead. He’s the only one who can grab this situation by the scruff of the neck!'

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United delivered the first win of Ten Hag's era with a 2-1 win over Liverpool on Monday which saw Ronaldo come on in the 86th minute, and Bent questioned his suitability for Ten Hag's style.After Ronaldo played 90 minutes in a 4-0 loss against Brentford, the Portuguese star was dropped as United delivered the first win of Ten Hag's era with a 2-1 win against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Monday which saw Ronaldo come on in the 86th minute.

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