Jason Cundy has rejected the notion of Cristiano Ronaldo signing for Chelsea in January.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Cundy confessed to not wanting the exiled Manchester United forward at Stamford Bridge any time soon.

Ronaldo might have Chelsea or another Premier League club in mind as his next footballing destination, following the damming departure from Old Trafford.

United had little choice but to cancel the 37-year-old’s contract, after he openly attacked the board in an interview with Piers Morgan.

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Ronaldo is ready for another leap

Now a free agent, the Portugal captain will be assessing where he plans to take his incredible footballing journey next.

Although Ronaldo still eyes up the biggest and best in the sport, those few who can actually afford him might not be so keen.

Paying such an astronomical price in wages for a player who is far beyond his peak feels like an unwise decision.

Not just from an economic standpoint, but also the fact CR7 cannot quite contribute in the way he used to.

There are younger, longer-term options out there for clubs to take a punt on, rather than risking another Ronaldo meltdown.

Even a team like Chelsea, who are in the market for a new striker, may be wary of adding the veteran attacker to their ranks.

Todd Boehly is scouring the land for an individual to boost Graham Potter’s front line, due to Armando Broja’s season-ending injury.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the only recognised number nine left in the senior squad, a situation far from ideal ahead of the Premier League restart.

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Cristiano Ronaldo to Chelsea?

With the transfer window fast approaching, Boehly might be looking at a quick fix to fill the void left by Broja.

In terms of high-profile stars available, there aren’t many with greater pedigree than Ronaldo.

However, Cundy urged the Chelsea owner to look beyond the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, even if the idea of his arrival might be a tempting one.  

“Broja’s got that awful injury. That means you’ve only got Aubameyang up top, and he’s not been smashing it. Would you take Ronaldo for the rest of the season?” asked Andy Goldstein.

“No,” replied the former Chelsea man.

“Do you think Todd Boehly would, because he likes a superstar?”

“I think he’d be tempted.”

“Do you think he’d be a problem for Graham Potter?”

“You’ve got to work with what you’ve got. Can you imagine having Ronaldo and Aubameyang in the same team? Only one’s going to play, right? You are solving a problem a Chelsea but creating another one.

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“If he turned up at Chelsea, after what I know, because Boehly wanted him in the summer and Tuchel didn’t. I don’t know if Potter’s got that clout.”

It could well come down to Boehly’s word against Potter‘s in the potential pursuit of Ronaldo.

Whilst it’s the manager making the on-field decisions, the king pin in South West London has control over virtually everything else.

If Boehly wants Ronaldo, it will be hard to stop him.

"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced 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. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."