In an interview ahead of the European Champions League the new Chelsea manager, Graham Potter, was coy on the club’s intention to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United in January.
The Portugal skipper is generally expected to try to initiate a move away from Old Trafford during the winter window.
The 37-year-old failed to find a new club in the summer and is now effectively a bench warmer under Erik ten Hag.
Ahead of their Champions League clash against AC Milan, Potter was asked about the possibility of signing Ronaldo, with Chelsea having expressed interest in the summer.
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He replied: “Again, we can spend all day asking these questions and I’m not going to speak about anyone else out of the greatest respect for the person you mentioned, and anybody else that anybody else mentions.
“Whilst they’re not our players I don’t speak about them.”
On another note, after the news of RB Leipzig attacking midfielder, Christopher Nkunku’s potential transfer to Chelsea had made rounds on the media, Potter also found a way to evade going into details saying:
“My answer is that I don’t speak about players that aren’t Chelsea players,” he said when asked about the recent links to Nkunku. “It was the same at Brighton. There are a lot of names out there but I will only speak about Chelsea players and not anyone else.”
Furthermore, Chelsea will face AC Milan on Wednesday night and he (Potter) was asked about Leao – a player who could have made the move to Stamford Bridge during the summer. The Chelsea boss said: “I’ve been really impressed with him whenever I watch games.
“He contributes to how they attack and score. So we have to say congratulations to him for that. He’s a top player. In the future who knows? He is affecting games at the top level.”