‘The transfer has worked’ – Eddie Howe gives verdict on signing outstanding Man United star

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Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe has heaped praise on Cristiano Ronaldo, while also revealing whether Newcastle United will move for the 37 year old forward.

“We’re trying to provide long-term growth, we’ve got a longer-term vision,” Howe told reporters when asked about the possibility of signing Ronaldo.

“At the moment, we have quite an ageing squad, so we need to invest more in young players. That’s probably a big part of our progression, we need to get the average age down.

“So, it might not be a signing that we would necessarily look to make, but that’s not under-estimating the quality of the player.”

Howe added: “He’s an outstanding player. You look at his goal record last year, that was incredible. So, for me, the transfer has worked, it’s been a success.

“He got massive goals last year and some really late, important goals in the Champions League. The quality of the player is unquestionable.

“We are going to have to be very, very good against him if he plays. We’re going to have to brief our players on the areas from where he wants to score That’s something we have to be aware of.”