Morning Ticker: Ronaldo quashes City talk, Ashley selling Newcastle and Warner's response to Keane

Morning Ticker: Ronaldo quashes City talk, Ashley selling Newcastle and Warner's response to Keane

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Morning Ticker: Ronaldo quashes City talk, Ashley selling Newcastle and Warner's response to Keane

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When Manchester City’s new ownership group took over, it laid out a laundry list of world stars it intended to buy in the coming months. The list included none other than world player of the year, and Manchester United star, Cristiano Ronaldo.

While flattered, Ronaldo is having none of it.

"No way do I see myself in the shirt of another Manchester team," Ronaldo said.

Ronaldo could make his season debut for Manchester United against Villarreal on Tuesday. He has been sidelined after having ankle surgery during the summer.

Ashley set to sell Newcastle

With Newcastle fans calling for his departure, and the club in shambles, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has put the club up for sale.

Fans protested in force last weekend during the team’s recent loss to Hull City at St. James’ Park. No word on potential buyers, but Dubai International Capital, the same group once linked to a bid for Liverpool, has denied reports that it is prepared to bid on Newcastle.

Warner fires back at Keane

This story is a few days old but extremely entertaining nonetheless. You may recall Sunderland manager Roy Keane’s response to Jack Warner’s criticisms of Keane for calling back Dwight Yorke, thus preventing him from playing for Trinidad & Tobago against the United States.

Well, Warner found time to fire back.

"A player’s greatest honor is to represent his country in spite of the fact that you chose to walk away from yours during the 2002 World Cup after publicly abusing your manager, an indictment that you will no doubt be proud of up to today. Poor Sunderland," Warner said in a written response to Keane’s comments.

WOW.

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