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Star met Bayern chiefs last week


CRISTIANO RONALDO has held talks with Bayern Munich as he plots an escape from Manchester United in the January transfer window.

In an interview with Piers Morgan, Ronaldo claimed that he feels betrayed because United boss Erik ten Hag and club executives are trying to force him out of the club. But Sportsmail understand­s that Ronaldo and his agent, Jorge Mendes, met with Bayern last week after officials from the Bundesliga giants flew to England for talks. Mendes touted Ronaldo to Bayern and a number of other clubs including Chelsea, Sporting Lisbon and Napoli in the summer in a desperate attempt to get his star client out of United, and also spoke to Newcastle last month. Bayern chief executive Oliver Khan confirmed in July that they had considered a move for Ronaldo, but said that he did not fit into the club’s ‘philosophy’.

The Germans were also reluctant to foot the player’s £500,000-a-week wages after paying Liverpool £35million for Sadio Mane as a replacemen­t for Robert Lewandowsk­i. However, Bayern have revived their interest amid concerns over Mane’s fitness and uncertaint­y over the future of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. Ronaldo is desperate to play in the Champions League again after seeing rival Lionel Messi close to within 11 goals of his record of 140. Intriguing­ly, Bayern face Messi and Paris Saint-Germain in the pick of the last 16 ties in February. Chelsea owner Todd Boehly could also offer Ronaldo a way out of United in January. The American has a close relationsh­ip with Mendes and was interested in Ronaldo in the summer, but he was met with resistance from then Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel. However, it is understood that Graham Potter is equally unenthused by the prospect of signing the five-time Ballon d’Or winner at this stage of his career.

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