AS Monaco Play Down Links To Cristiano Ronaldo & Wayne Rooney

Monaco vice-chairman denies big-money bids in the summer.

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Monaco vice-chairman Vadim Vasilyev has denied that the mega-rich Ligue 1 club made bids for the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez this summer, according to Sky Sports.

Backed by wealthy Russian owener Dmitry Rybolovlev, Monaco were able to sign the likes of Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho, James Rodriguez and Geoffrey Kondogbia this summer, giving manager Claudio Ranieri the chance to build a team that can challenge champions and fellow big-spenders PSG for the title this season.

The money available to the Italian manager also saw him linked with even bigger names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, though these moves never materialised, and Vasilyev has now said the club were never aiming quite that high in the first place.

The Russian says it would not have been possible to sign both Falcao and Ronaldo, and that rumours like this may have come about from agents looking to get their clients a pay-rise or big move elsewhere.

“Cristiano Ronaldo? I know him well, we met in springtime when I was ill, but we didn’t talk because Cristiano is a Real player,” he said. “At that time he was in talks about his extension and we were working on Falcao. You can’t buy Falcao and Ronaldo, you have to be humble.

“It was the same for Rooney and Tevez, we never contacted them. There are a lot of people that spread the idea Monaco could be attracted, as it could help during their talks.”

Vasilyev also played down speculation that the club would be looking to replace Ranieri as manager, with high-profile names such as Roberto Mancini also being linked with the post at points during the summer.

“Claudio Ranieri? We are very happy with him. The group’s state of mind is just great. It works fine,” he added.

“Did we have an interest in others coaches? No, the press said that but it was negative for the team, for Claudio and for us.

“In May, I told Ranieri he will remain our coach and I never had any contact with Mancini or any other.”

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