Ronaldo made a stunning return to Old Trafford ahead of the 2021-22 campaign, but the Red Devils’ season did not go as planned – finishing sixth in the Premier League and failing to claim any silverware.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has since expressed a desire to move on, with Chelsea reportedly among the clubs who are keen on securing his signature.
And Sagna feels that moving to West London could be the logical next step, for a player who wishes to compete in the Champions League and challenge for top honours.
Speaking exclusively to Lord Ping, he said: “Am I surprised? No, but only he knows if this is a real story.
“If it is true, I wouldn’t be surprised because he will want to compete at the highest level and I’m not sure what he has experienced at Manchester United is what he wants at this stage in his career.
“He is a football lover and he is a winner. I’m sure he would have been disappointed with the season that Manchester United had, because United is a club that belongs at the top and they were not at the top.
“Ronaldo loves football before anything. If the project is good and he has a good connection with the manager, then why wouldn’t he want to go to Chelsea?
“All he wants to do is play football. It has nothing to do with money – he doesn’t need the money!
“When I watch him, he has the enthusiasm of a kid and he just wants to compete at the highest level.
“At his age, you have to respect that. He is an icon and he has changed the sport because of how he trains and how he lives his life off the pitch.
“Hopefully we will see him competing with a top club next season because he deserves it.”
But Sagna has admitted that he takes speculation surrounding Ronaldo’s future with a pinch of salt – and dismissed any criticism aimed at the Portugal captain.
“Well we never know what is happening,” he added. “There are so many stories.
“What we do know is that he is one of the best, if not the best, strikers in the world and he has been for years.
“He and [Lionel] Messi have been something incredibly special and, when I hear people criticise them it makes me laugh.
“It is a complete lack of respect because they have been running the show for years.”
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