Bayern Munich have officially denied reports that they are interested in signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid this summer.
After eight years at the club, Ronaldo is set to leave Real during this transfer window, with recent reports suggesting that Bayern could sign the winger.
However, Bayern were quick to quash the rumours, with CEO Karl-Heinz Rumenigge referring to the story as a “fable”.
A statement on the club’s official website read: “Bayern is reported daily. It is sent and printed, tweaked and posted. With digital technology the news is spread at a rapid pace. But sometimes a duck flies by. Sometimes one or the other simply does not match the facts.
“That is why at this point we would like to pay tribute to the “duck of the day” and thus help to ensure that our fans are properly informed.
“In the last few days, the Italian sporting daily “Gazzetta dello Sport” reported that FC Bayern are interested in committing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.
“Subsequently, this rumor was also taken up by numerous German media.”
Bayern’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: “We are accustomed to speculating intensively on possible inflows and outflows during the transfer period. As a rule, we do not comment on these rumors. But now, in the case of Cristiano Ronaldo, we want to clarify once and for all that this rumour has no basis and must be referred to the realm of fable.”
Ronaldo is intent on leaving Real as he no longer wants to live in Spain after being accused of tax fraud.
With Bayern having ruled themselves out of contention, speculation will grow that Ronaldo could return to Manchester United, although Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with the £157m-rated Portugal international.
The current holder of the Ballon d’Or, Ronaldo helped Real to win the Champions League and the La Liga title last season.
Ronaldo scored 25 goals in La Liga last season, while he was also a key creative threat as he laid on 30 chances for his team-mates.