Cristiano Ronaldo to Snub PSG and Return to Premier League?

Lucas RadicellaCorrespondent IIDecember 28, 2012

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 18:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid reacts after Barcelona scored their 2nd goal during the Copa del Rey Quarter Finals match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on January 18, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Cristiano Ronaldo is not a Paris Saint-Germain target, according to PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti. 

"Carletto" believes that the Real Madrid star will not be tempted by the money PSG's owners can offer him, and won't leave Los Blancos to play in a less prestigious league. In an interview with La Stampa the Italian coach said:

“There is no chance that he'll come here. Money is not enough to tempt him; the determining factor is whether there is a willing seller.” (via Marca)

This statement came as a surprise considering that just last week, Sheikh Bin Abdul Rahman Al-Thani, right hand of owner Sheikh Saud Al-Thani, declared in an interview (via Canal Football, h/t ESPN) that both Cristiano Ronaldo and José Mourinho were PSG targets.

Ancelotti chose not to express himself on the second part of Rahman Al-Thani’s statement, that making Mourinho a PSG target implied that the management were not entirely satisfied with the Italian coach’s role at the head of the Parisian club.

Although it is unclear whether Ronaldo would want to join PSG, it has become increasingly obvious that the Portuguese is not at all happy in the Spanish capital. A few months ago he said so in as many words, coming out after a game against Granada in which he did not celebrate his goals, he announced he was “sad” for professional reasons.

More recently, the Daily Mail has claimed that Ronaldo has refused to sign a new contract with Real Madrid. His current contract runs until 2015 and to avoid losing a fortune (if his contract expires he could leave for free), Madrid might be considering parting ways sooner rather than later.

If, as Ancelotti has claimed, Ronaldo has no interest in competing in the French league, the obvious destination for him would be a return to the Premier League. In that case only a few select clubs, namely Manchester United, Manchester City and perhaps Chelsea would be able to snap up the Portuguese striker.

Sir Alex Ferguson recently said, “I don't see that. I'd love to see that but it's fanciful thinking really. First of all, how much it would take to get him from Real Madrid? And second, I don't think there's any chance they would want to sell him."

He added, on a more hopeful note, "But you never know. I don't know when his contract finishes. He may want to go to another club at some point in his career and I'd hope he would want to come here. But that's a long way off."

Although at this time a move to the Premier League does seem improbable, it will be important to keep a close eye on Ronaldo’s contract negotiations to determine where his future lies.