Ben Jacobs shares Newcastle thoughts on signing Cristiano Ronaldo
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Ben Jacobs shares Newcastle thoughts on signing Cristiano Ronaldo

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe still has no interest in signing Cristiano Ronaldo after his release from Manchester United earlier today, according to Ben Jacobs on Twitter.

After the 37-year-old’s scathing interview about the Red Devils, it has now been revealed Erik ten Haag’s side have terminated his contract with immediate effect.

As a result, the Portugal international is now a free agent. This means he will be available to sign without a transfer fee.

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Journalist Ben Jacobs has reported Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, approached a number of clubs over the possibility of a move. Surprisingly, he claims Newcastle were one of the sides who were addressed.

Eddie Howe had already shared his thoughts on the possibility. He claimed in the Shields Gazette back in October: “We’re trying to provide long-term growth.

“At the moment, we have quite an ageing squad… we need to get the average age down, so it might not be a signing we’d necessarily look to make.”

And it seems that even the thought of signing one of the world’s biggest stars, even on a free transfer, will not be changing Newcastle’s stance on the matter.

Howe rejects the idea of signing Ronaldo

As the Tyneside manager says, Newcastle are building one of the most exciting projects in England.

This involves long-term goals and detailed visions of how to get there. Consequently, whilst the club have enjoyed recent and instant success, their plans are for the future.

This means the Magpies will be looking for talented youngsters who can lead the line out at St James’ Park for years to come.

Ronaldo does not fit into this criteria, as a 37-year-old whose career is nearing its end.

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According to Jacobs, no single Toon player’s wages would get anywhere near the Portuguese’s – even if they were reduced by 30%.

Whilst the owners may have the money to pull off such a move, it would break the wage structure of the club.

Therefore, Howe is right to reject the proposition of signing Ronaldo.

Whilst he may be one of the greats, he does not fit into what the manager is currently building on Tyneside.