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Marcelo Salazar, sports director of the Saudi Al-Nasr football team, said that patience is the key for his club to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo became a free player after leaving Manchester United in November.
Ronaldo, 37, suffered a disappointing World Cup with the Portuguese national team, scoring only one goal, and in the end he sat on the bench and became a substitute in the knockout stages.
It was reported that Al-Nassr is leading the race to sign Ronaldo in early December, yet the deal has not been concluded yet, and Salazar said that the club will wait for the opportunity.
When asked if Ronaldo was in his plans for the near future, Salazar told Flash Score: "I'm not allowed to say yes or no."
He added :"Let's wait and see how things turn out until the end of the year. As you can see, these are tough negotiations, not only for the club, but for the country and the football world, which must be conducted by higher authorities."
He emphasized: "What I can say is that Cristiano Ronaldo is among the best players in the history of football. He has always been a role model for me as an athlete, because of the desire he shows to win."
"And then, as a Portuguese citizen, I always support him. But in time the future will be revealed."
Salazar believes that it is not necessary for Ronaldo's move to Saudi Arabia to be a setback in his career.
He said, "I have been here for five years, and all the players I spoke with are very surprised when they arrive here, especially at the tournament level."
He emphasized: "This happened with Luis Gustavo, who was a Brazilian international and actually won the Champions League title with Bayern Munich. This is normal for people who do not know (anything about Saudi football)."
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