Ronaldo Newcastle loan rumours shut down by Howe after CR7’s transfer to Al-Nassr

Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe has dismissed speculation linking Cristiano Ronaldo with a loan to Newcastle following his transfer to Al-Nassr.

WHAT HAPPENED? After Ronaldo arrived in Saudi Arabia to officially complete his free transfer to Al-Nassr, reports emerged claiming that he could make a summer return to the Premier League by joining Newcastle United on loan if they qualify for the Champions League, due to a clause inserted in his contract. Howe was quick to pour water on the fire before Newcastle’s 0-0 draw with Arsenal on Tuesday, though.

WHAT HE SAID: Speaking to Sky Sports before the game, the Magpies boss stated: “We wish Cristiano all the best in his new venture, but there’s no truth in that from our perspective.”