Eddie Howe has denied suggestions Cristiano Ronaldo could move to Newcastle United on loan.
What’s the latest Newcastle United transfer news?
The 37-year-old has now completed a money-spinning move to Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr after leaving Manchester United in November.
While Ronaldo himself has stressed his work in European football is “done”, Spanish publication Marca claimed there was a clause in the forward’s contract that allowed him to move to St James’ Park on a temporary basis should Howe’s team qualify for the Champions League.
Given Al-Nassr’s reportedly close connection to the Saudi royal family, there is an obvious link between Ronaldo’s new club and Newcastle, whose majority owners are the country’s Public Investment Fund (PIF).
Nothing but Newcastle understand Ronaldo was eager to find a club playing Champions League football over the course of the summer but no offers were forthcoming, while the player told Piers Morgan in an explosive interview that he wanted to remain at the highest level.
Does Ronaldo have a Newcastle clause in his contract?
Almost certainly not, if Howe’s comments are anything to go by.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s draw with Arsenal, the Newcastle boss said (via Fabrizio Romano): “We wish Cristiano all the best in his new chapter, but there’s no truth in that from our perspective.