Martin Dubravka praises ‘pleasant’ Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United welcoming after loan move


Martin Dubravka praises ‘pleasant’ Cristiano Ronaldo for Man United welcoming after his loan move from Newcastle, claiming he ‘didn’t want to look like a fan’ as the forward ‘showed an interest’ in his life

  • Martin Dubravka has praised Cristiano Ronaldo for his Man United welcoming 
  • Dubravka signed for the Red Devils on a loan deal from Newcastle in the summer
  • The goalkeeper said Ronaldo was pleasant and showed an interest in his life
  • Ronaldo had previously made his intentions to leave United in the summer clear 

Manchester United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has praised Cristiano Ronaldo for his welcoming upon the Slovakian’s move to the club.

Dubravka joined United on loan from Newcastle in the summer transfer window, and has played back-up to David De Gea ever since.

Speaking to Sport via ChronicleLive, Dubravka said it’s ‘pleasant’ to speak to the five-time Ballon D’Or winner, who has shown an interest in his life following his transfer.

Martin Dubravka has praised Cristiano Ronaldo for his welcoming at Manchester United

Slovakian Dubravka said Ronaldo was pleasant to talk to and showed a keen interest in his life

Slovakian Dubravka said Ronaldo was pleasant to talk to and showed a keen interest in his life

‘We had the opportunity to talk to each other before training and then after training in the gym,’ said Dubravka.

‘He asked me about my family, whether I was staying in a hotel now and the usual things.

‘He showed an interest in communication and he started first. I didn’t want to look like a fan and go straight to him, but it was very pleasant to talk to him about anything.’

‘I’ve probably had the most communication with him all day, apart from Scott McTominay and Tom Heaton, who are right next to me in the dressing room, of course.’

Dubravka, now 33, joined Erik ten Hag's side on a loan deal from Newcastle in the summer

Dubravka, now 33, joined Erik ten Hag’s side on a loan deal from Newcastle in the summer

Ronaldo tried to leave Manchester United in the summer in search of Champions League football, but didn’t manage to secure a move away from the club.

The 37-year-old has started United’s last two games after an injury to Marcus Rashford, and manager Erik ten Hag is seemingly trying to integrate Ronaldo back into his plans.

It’s been suggested that former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel refused to sign Ronaldo because he would disrupt dressing room morale, a feat several reports have claimed Ronaldo is guilty of.

But the forward seems happier at United after the side’s upturn in form, with the Red Devils now fifth in the Premier League and Ronaldo set for a run in the team. 

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