Chelsea turned down the opportunity to sign Cristiano Ronaldo as Romelu Lukaku’s replacement – and former winger Pat Nevin believes they made the right decision
Cristiano Ronaldo was linked with Chelsea after telling Man Utd he wants out
Cristiano Ronaldo would be a worse signing than Romelu Lukaku was if the club changed their mind, according to Chelsea legend Pat Nevin.
The Blues have shipped £97.5million man Lukaku back off to Inter Milan for the season following his drab return to Stamford Bridge, with Ronaldo linked as a replacement option after he made it clear he wants to leave Manchester United.
When they were presented with the opportunity to sign the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Chelsea’s hierarchy didn’t express an interest – and their former winger Nevin believes it should stay that way, as like Lukaku, he’s not suited to their style of play.
he said: “I think Ronaldo would be even more of a poor fit than Lukaku was for Chelsea.
“When Lukaku signed last season, people thought he would be the missing link but I thought by signing him, Thomas Tuchel was throwing his style of play out the window, if indeed it was Thomas who signed him. It didn’t make sense to me.
“While Ronaldo scores a lot of goals, off the ball you are almost playing with ten men which you cannot do in the Premier League and be competitive. Some Chelsea fans may love it, but there have been some cases over the years around Chelsea which have made them look like a circus.
Chelsea legend Pat Nevin feels Ronaldo would be a worse fit than Romelu Lukaku
“If they are trying to catch Man City, they can’t be a circus. If he is going to join, he has to be told he won’t play every game and may only play a 45 minutes but he has to work for the team. If he does, he could then be a brilliant signing for Chelsea.”
Ronaldo is struggling for transfer options, with Chelsea one of several sides to have turned him down. It doesn’t look like the Blues are going to replace Lukaku as things stand, having already brought in winger Raheem Sterling.