Solskjaer's Comments on Loyalty Resurface as Cristiano Ronaldo Nears Man City Move

Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a switch to Man City
Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a switch to Man City / Nicolò Campo/Getty Images

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's comments about loyalty have resurfaced following speculation that Cristiano Ronaldo could move to Manchester City this summer.

According to Sky in Italy, Pep Guardiola's side are willing to offer Ronaldo a two-year contract worth £12.8 million a season. And reports in France have revealed that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has already spoken to a number of City players about the move, including Bernardo Silva, Ruben Dias, and Joao Cancelo.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not exactly keen on players moving from City to United, and vice versa, and said as much when the Red Devils were linked with a switch for Sergio Aguero.

“When I played for Man Utd, if a rival club tried to sign me, and I had gone, well where’s the loyalty?"

Solskjaer said. “Loyalty is one of the values I really, really put highly. I wouldn’t expect any player who has played for a club for 10 years to want to go to their local rivals.

“It’s not for me. I know we’re professionals, but when you play for Man Utd you don’t go to Man City. We’ve had examples of that and I didn’t really agree with it. I won’t name names but you all know who I mean. Enough said.”

One of the most notorious transfers involved Carlos Tevez, who spent two years at Old Trafford before joining local rivals City on a five-year deal. Goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel also played for both clubs as did Owen Hargreaves, who made just four appearances for the Cityzens before being released in 2012.