Bayern Munich Chairman denies Cristiano Ronaldo link


Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has denied suggestions that the German champions is preparing to launch a move for Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo, 32, appears to be heading for the Real Madrid exit this summer following a high-profile tax dispute between him and the Spanish authority, and it had been claimed that Bayern was preparing to pursue the Portugal captain ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.

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Rummenigge, however, has called the rumour "completely unfounded", and insisted that such talk "must be consigned to the realms of fantasy".

"We're used to being the subject of intense transfer speculation during transfer windows," Rummenigge told Bayern's official website.

"Normally we don't comment on rumours, but in this case, we would like to make our position on Cristiano Ronaldo absolutely clear: This rumour is completely unfounded and must be consigned to the realms of fantasy."

The Real Madrid forward is currently on international duty with the Portuguese national team for the Confederation Cup in Russia is said to return to Manchester United where he made stamped his name as one of the world most feared forward.

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