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Chelsea told to sign Harry Kane instead of Cristiano Ronaldo

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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes Chelsea should swerve Cristiano Ronaldo
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes Chelsea should swerve Cristiano Ronaldo (Pictures: Getty)

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes Chelsea should avoid signing free agent Cristiano Ronaldo and has revealed who Todd Boehly should target instead.

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Portugal legend Ronaldo has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge since his departure from Old Trafford was confirmed earlier this week.

Ronaldo largely impressed last season after completing a sensational return to Manchester United, but had slipped down the pecking order under new manager Erik ten Hag before he decided to hit out at his own club.

In an extraordinary interview with TalkTV host Piers Morgan, Ronaldo said he felt betrayed by Manchester United and admitted he did not respect Ten Hag.

The outburst marked the beginning of the end for Ronaldo at Old Trafford, with Manchester United confirming on Wednesday that his contract had been terminated with immediate effect.

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly expressed interest in signing Ronaldo last summer and has been tipped to revive his interest in the 37-year-old now he is a free agent.

Hasselbaink would have backed Chelsea’s move for Ronaldo a few months ago but no longer wants to see the five-time Ballon d’Or winner arrive at Stamford Bridge.

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Instead, the former striker has urged Chelsea to sign England captain Harry Kane from Premier League rivals Tottenham.

Kane has scored 261 goals in 408 appearances for Spurs and 51 goals in 76 matches for England.

He told Grosvenor Casinos: ‘I would have done Ronaldo for Chelsea in the summer, for one year, but obviously now I think the priorities are bigger in the summer.

‘I would try to persuade Kane to come. That would be a very controversial move, but surely he’s going to want to win things. Surely he knows he’s not going to win with Spurs.


Hasselbaink would love to see Harry Kane move to Stamford Bridge
Hasselbaink would love to see Harry Kane move to Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty)

‘Surely, he’s not enjoying the way he is playing at the moment and where he’s playing. I know they’re all doing the shift for the team, but the majority of the time, when they don’t have the ball, he’s 10 meters away from his own box.

‘You know, so surely he’s not going to want to be playing like that for the next two or three years.

‘Surely he would want to be with the club that is going to go for it and is going to try to win trophies or are going to be closer to winning the trophies, so for me, they should go for him.’

Manchester United hero Teddy Sheringham has also urged Chelsea not to sign Ronaldo, claiming it would ‘send the wrong message’ to new manager Graham Potter.

‘I don’t think Ronaldo is a good move for Graham Potter at all,’ he told BoyleSports Football Betting. ‘Not so early in his Chelsea career to be dictated who comes in.

‘He obviously wants to have a full say…

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