Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard has described Cristiano Ronaldo as a ‘great player’, but insists that any talk of the player moving to Spain, is premature at the moment.
The Portuguese international continues to be linked with a move to Spain, with both Barcelona and Real Madrid reportedly keen to sign the winger.
Barca boss Rijkaard has conceded he is a huge fan of the player.
“Without a doubt, he is one of the most valuable players in world football,” Rijkaard told Sport.
“But there are only rumours at the moment, there is nothing concrete.
“I must say that yes, he is a great player, but we cannot do anything else at this moment.
“It is still too soon to comment on future signings.
“We still have many games to play and this group has much to demonstrate.”
Meanwhile, Ronaldo’s representative Sergio Alves insists that a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona cannot be discounted.
“When Real and Barca are involved the future is always open, not closed,” Alves told The Sun.
“Given a little bit of time the situation may change – let’s see. There is not much we can do at the moment because United are making their position very clear.
“But you never know in these matters.”