'It's a dead duck': Bayern Munich reject Cristiano Ronaldo links
German champions Bayern Munich have mocked reports that they are interested in Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
Italian sport newspaper Gazetto dello Sport had linked Cristiano Ronaldo with a record-breaking move to Bayern Munich.
However, Bayern have responded quickly to reports by mocking the content of the story.
They issued a statement on their official site, stating:
"Conveniently in German, the word “Ente” means both a duck and a hoax, which is why at fcbayern.com we will be bringing you the “Hoax of the day” presented by Franz the Bayern duck.
"The Italian sport paper Gazetto dello Sport has been reporting in recent days that FC Bayern are interested in signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. Following this publication, the rumour, as well as others, was picked up and spread further by numerous German media sources.
"Bayern’s Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had this to say: "We’re used to being the subject of intense transfer speculation during transfer windows. Normally we don’t comment on rumours, but in this case, we would like to make our position on Cristiano Ronaldo absolutely clear: This rumour is completely unfounded and must be consigned to the realms of fantasy.”