Manchester City have rejected speculation that they are about to launch a big-money move for Cristiano Ronaldo.
With relations between Ronaldo and coach Jose Mourinho said to be strained, it has been suggested City could swoop with a bid far in excess of the £80million Real paid Manchester United for the former world player of the year two years ago..
But a City spokesman said: "There is no substance in these reports whatsoever,"
Before manager Roberto Mancini can think about who he wants to bring in, he must resolve issues around players no longer thought to be required.
Wayne Bridge and Craig Bellamy are both certain to return after West Ham and Cardiff were condemned to the Championship next season, whilst it is also expected Emmanuel Adebayor will not have his stay at Real extended.
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