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Jurgen Klopp reveals what ‘surprised’ him about Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United transfer


Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice on his Manchester United return (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images) Photographer: OLI SCARFF Provider: AFP via Getty Images Source: AFP

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits he was ‘surprised’ by Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to leave Juventus for Manchester United.

The 36-year-old made a stunning return to Old Trafford on the final day of the summer transfer window in a deal worth around £12.8million.

The Portugal captain scored twice on his second debut for the club during a 4-1 win against Newcastle on Saturday and his return is bad news for United’s rivals.

One of those rivals is Liverpool, who are looking to bounce back from a disappointing defence of their title last term.

Klopp admits he would rather Ronaldo didn’t return to United but he admits he was mostly surprised by the forward’s desire to leave Juventus.

‘Am I happy that he is at United? I can’t say that, it’s not true!’ said Klopp.

‘Unfortuantely no [I am not happy] but I was surprised not about United but when I heard the first rumours that he wanted to leave Juventus.

‘I had no idea about I am not in the Juventus circle that people inform me from time to time what’s going on there so i’m surprised about that and then City and I thought ‘that will be good fun for United’ and then United stepped in and did it, all fine. It’s a free world, they can do what they want.’

Ronaldo spent six years at Old Trafford during his first stint at the club.

The veteran swapped Real Madrid for Juventus in 2018 and spent three years in Turin following his £99m move.

However, Ronaldo made it clear to the club he wanted to leave this summer and they had no option but to cash in given he only had a year to run on his deal.


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