Ronaldo suggests what he thinks of 'Newcastle clause' on Al-Nassr arrival

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Ronaldo suggests what he thinks of 'Newcastle clause' on Al-Nassr arrival

Cristiano Ronaldo has appeared to pour cold water on a possible future transfer to Newcastle United by insisting that his work in Europe is done.

The 37-year-old was unveiled by his new club Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, having put pen to paper on a deal worth an estimated £173 million per season.

Yet even before he arrived at his new home, reports surfaced that Ronaldo's new contract contained a clause that would allow him to join the Saudi-owned Magpies next season if they qualify for the Champions League.

Having left Sporting Lisbon in 2003, Ronaldo enjoyed stints at Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus and then United again, amassing seven domestic league titles and five Champions Leagues across the three clubs.

He now insists that means he never needs to return to Europe again, with his eyes fixed firmly on his new club.

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“So far I'm feeling very good. I’m so proud to make this decision in my life, and as you mentioned before in Europe my work is done," said Ronaldo as he met the press for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

"I won everything, I played at the most important clubs and for me now it is a new challenge in Asia.

Ronaldo suggests what he thinks of 'Newcastle clause' on Al-Nassr arrivalRonaldo faced the press on Saudi Arabia on Tuesday (KSA Sports TV)

"I'm grateful that Al-Nassr have given me this opportunity to show and develop, not only for the younger generation, but for the women's generation. It's a challenge but I'm very proud."

Ronaldo said that he turned down chances to stay in Europe in order to make the move to Saudi Arabia, where he could make his debut for his new club as soon as this Thursday.

"I can say now I had many opportunities in Europe, many clubs in Brazil, Australia, USA, even in Portugal many tried to sign me," he added.

“But I gave my word to this club not only to develop the club, but the country. I know what I want, but I also know what I don’t want.

“I'm a unique player, I beat all the records there [Europe], so I want to beat a few here. This contract is unique, because I'm unique, so this is normal.”

On his family's opinion on the move, he added: "They are happy as well. When I take decisions my family support me, especially my kids!

"They are very happy, the welcome was amazing, we feel good. Saudi Arabian people are lovely with me and my family."

Ronaldo suggests what he thinks of 'Newcastle clause' on Al-Nassr arrivalRonaldo could make his debut on Thursday (AFP via Getty Images)

Former Lille, Roma, Marseille and Lyon boss Rudi Garcia is Ronaldo's new manager at Al-Nassr, and he can't wait to work with him.

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"Normally after the game there is three or four journalists. Please, everyone is welcome to come after every game to speak about Cristiano's goals," he said.

"It's an honour for me but also for Al-Nassr to welcome Cristiano.

"He is an example, everyone knows that. My objective for Cristiano is make him happy and I want him to enjoy playing with Al-Nassr and winning with Al-Nassr."

Mark Jones

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