Mason Greenwood 'fears angry Cristiano Ronaldo will block Saudi Arabia transfer'


Mason Greenwood's potential move from Manchester United to Saudi Arabia could be dealt a major blow by Cristiano Ronaldo as the 21-year-old is weighing up his options after the Red Devils confirmed on Monday that he would not be returning to the club. The one-cap England man has not played professional football since January 2022 but is still hoping to secure a contract elsewhere.

There had been reported interest from Saudi clubs in addition to teams in Turkey, Italy and the Championship, but The Sun has claimed that Al Nassr star Ronaldo may dent any hopes Greenwood had of joining him in the Middle East.

The United legend is treated like royalty after leading the exodus to Saudi Arabia, but having learned of Greenwood's comments during the 38-year-old's Real Madrid days, he may block the idea of Greenwood finding a new club in the nation.

Greenwood allegedly described Ronaldo as "dead" when discussing his form in La Liga, before going on to become team-mates when the Portugal captain returned to United for a second spell.

After Ronaldo discovered that Greenwood talked about him in such a way, despite him being in United's academy at the time, the report claims he was furious and urged Saudi bosses not to think about signing the former starlet.

It is a request that those chiefs are seemingly happy to listen to, considering Ronaldo's standing in the country and also the PR nightmare that it could cast upon the league after signing several major stars such as Karim Benzema, N'Golo Kante and Neymar.

Steven Gerrard is another prominent figure in Saudi football that has denounced the idea of Greenwood joining them in the region, taking to Instagram to slam the "fake news" that the forward would be moving to Al-Ettifaq with the Liverpool legend.

United have not confirmed whether they would be seeking a transfer fee for Greenwood or consider loaning him out or terminating his contract - only that they would work with the player to find a resolution.

"All those involved, including Mason, recognise the difficulties with him recommencing his career at Manchester United," Monday's statement read. "It has therefore been mutually agreed that it would be most appropriate for him to do so away from Old Trafford, and we will now work with Mason to achieve that outcome."

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