Manchester City today denied that it is negotiating to sign the
World Cup's leading goal scorer Ronaldo.
``We had shown a previous interest in the player and had spoken to his
representatives at the time but he is not coming to the football club,''
Manchester City spokeswoman Victoria Kloss said in an interview.
U.K. media, including the Guardian, said the Brazilian, who turns 32 in two days,
was close to accepting an offer to join country mates Robinho, Jo, Elano and
Glauber Berti at Manchester City.
``They want to make the club one of the best in the world and I feel that I can
help,'' the newspaper cited Ronaldo as saying. ``It is the best offer I've
received and it will be very interesting to play with Robinho. Me and him,
together, we can score more than 50 goals.''
Ronaldo, a three-time world player of the year, was released by AC Milan after
last season and is recovering from a severed knee tendon he suffered in February.
City has been targeting global stars since Abu Dhabi United Group for
Development and Investment agreed to buy the team from Thaksin Shinawatra on
Sept. 1. Manager Mark Hughes has said he won't take anyone he doesn't think
would enhance the squad, the Guardian added.
Ronaldo has scored 15 goals in three World Cup finals.