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Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo has denied saying “I’m not finished yet” into the camera after Monday’s victory over Brentford.
Ronaldo appeared to mouth the words during a post-match lap of honour with his United team-mates at Old Trafford.
But now the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has insisted that was not what he uttered amid speculation over his future at the club.
In response to an Instagram post about his message into the camera, Ronaldo said: “I didn’t say that.”
But United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has hinted that the star forward will be staying at Old Trafford despite all the rumours of a summer exit.
Speaking to Stadium Astro after the match with Brentford, Rangnick was asked whether it was a ‘wave of goodbye’ from the Portugal captain during his lap of honour.
The German head coach said: “I don’t think why it should be a wave of goodbye.
“He’s got another year of [his] contract. And as far as I know he will be here next season again.”
Meanwhile, Rangnick, who will undertake a consultancy role while juggling his duties as Austria manager, insists the club needs to strengthen in every position, except in goal.
Rangnick told Sky Sports: “Apart from goalkeeping where we have three excellent goalkeepers in Tom Heaton, Dean Henderson and David de Gea, in all other areas there will be players leaving the club. I wouldn’t put focus on special areas of the pitch it should go through the whole team.
“It’s obvious quite a few players will leave and there is a need for top-quality players. I strongly believe that if everyone works together we can bring Man Utd back to where we need to be.
“Other clubs only needed two or three transfer windows to challenge but from now on we need to bring in top-quality players who really help raise the level. If this happens then I don’t think it should take too long.”
Finally, United ace Jadon Sancho is likely to miss the rest of the season after spending the night in hospital with tonsillitis.
But the good news for Rangnick is that captain Harry Maguire may return before the end of the campaign.
The German tactician told the BBC: “Harry Maguire might be available again. We have to wait and see if he can train the day after tomorrow [Wednesday].”
Rangnick added: “If [Sancho is to return] then maybe in the last game.
“I was in contact with him this afternoon. He was in hospital until this morning so he only returned back home today. He still doesn’t feel well so, for sure, not [vs Brighton]”