Frank Leboeuf has made a U-turn on his opinion of Cristiano Ronaldo possibly joining Chelsea.

Speaking on ESPN, Leboeuf admitted he had changed his mind over the Manchester United exile switching to Stamford Bridge.

Ronaldo is the main subject of transfer speculation right now, following his sour departure from Old Trafford.

The 37-year-old had his contract terminated by United, having openly attacked the board and a few former players.

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There was really no turning back for CR7 after he denounced his employers in an interview with Piers Morgan.

It was simply a matter of when, not if, the legendary goal scorer set sail from Manchester to greener pastures.

Everyone now wants to know: where next for the Portugal international?

Whilst he prepares for a fifth World Cup, matters away from the field will also take centre-stage.

In his prime, any club in the world would clammer for his signature.

Even ahead of the current turbulent campaign, some may have still considered signing Ronaldo.

Chelsea were one of those who were reportedly interested in United’s former number seven in the summer.

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Thomas Tuchel was apparently not a fan of the idea; however decorative it would be on a PR front.

Ronaldo to Chelsea?

Now, with Tuchel out of the picture and Graham Potter holding less power than his predecessor, Todd Boehly might contemplate cashing in on Ronaldo’s availability.

A decision that Leboeuf would clearly disagree with, despite originally supporting it.  

“Last summer I thought Chelsea would’ve had a chance to get him. After the season they had last season, I thought it could’ve been a good idea to have him because Chelsea have been bad in the front line,” said the former Blues defender.

“But this season, with the season he’s having, I don’t really want to see him.

“You will have to change the whole game because of all the attention you have to give to Ronaldo when he’s on the field.

“He doesn’t have the power of changing the game like he used to. In all due respect, he was a fantastic player but he’s not the same and that’s clear.”

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Boehly’s desire to add more superstars to Potter’s squad could influence him to reel in Ronaldo.

Jorge Mendes, agent to the current expensive free-agent, reportedly offered his client for a second time to Chelsea even before he was released by United.

On a purely footballing point of view, tying up the five-time Ballon d’Or winner would be a mistake.

Financially though, he could earn Boehly a few more bucks in shirt sales.

Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.