Barca chief: Why I met with CR7's agent

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FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta has shed light on what he recently discussed with Cristiano Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes amid rumours of a potential move for the player.

The Barca chief held talks with the super-agent over dinner earlier this week, piquing the interest of many given Ronaldo's reported desire to leave Manchester United in search of UEFA Champions League football next season.

Mendes is understood to have offered the 37-year-old to a few clubs, including Premier League rivals Chelsea, while the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Barca have also been mentioned in the conversation, although Bayern Munich have ruled themselves out of the running for his signature.

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With speculation growing over why Laporta met with the Portugal captain's representative, the Blaugrana chief has now broken his silence on his recent engagement with Mendes.

"I had dinner with Jorge Mendes on Monday and we talked about the market in general," he said, according to talkSPORT.

"Cristiano? I'm not going to talk about players we discussed at the meeting, but it's always good to know how some names are on the market."

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The five-time Ballon d'Or winner has missed the first two days of pre-season training under New Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag due to "family reasons", and his absence has only cast further doubt on his stay in Manchester.

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