Ronaldo back to Manchester United?
The Cristiano Ronaldo story that he will indeed return to Old Trafford one day, has been doing the rounds for many months now, but is there truth behind them?
Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement from management came as a shock to the footballing world, and particularly to the players, staff and fans of Manchester United.
The reds boss admitted that he took the decision during Christmas 2012, that the 2012/13 season would be his last as manager – a card that he kept close to his chest, right up until the official announcement was made.
Cristiano Ronaldo always held Sir Alex Ferguson in the esteem of a father figure and owed the improvement of his career solely down to him. This seemingly, has become one of the deciding factors in Ronaldo wanting to come back to Manchester.
The Portuguese winger has not been entirely happy in Madrid for the past 18-months and sources close to the Manchester United say he misses Manchester, his friends and the spirit at Old Trafford.
A mixed relationship with ex-Real Madrid manager José Mourinho has attracted a lot of media attention, particularly when Ronaldo pulled out of the Spanish giants final league game with Osasuna, citing a back injury. An injury that ostensibly did not keep him from partying until 7am in Lisbon later that same day.
Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford with Real Madrid in the Champions League back at the start of March, in a game where the club had decided, for the first time in history to leave a member of the away teams squad announcements to the very end, a reception which touched Ronaldo.
Watch his Old Trafford reception below:
Sources close to the club state that Sir Alex Ferguson retiring is a massive blow in Ronaldo returning, when it was Sir Alex that has been paving the way for his return since last November.
The club sent out CEO David Gill to Madrid via London the day after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement announcement to reassure Ronaldo and his representatives that all though the manager has gone, he will still have a big part in the future of club as a background figure as an acting director.
Since that private meeting in Madrid on May 10th, the Portuguese has placed his £4.6million home up for sale and reportedly turned down a contract extension at Real Madrid.
His current contract ends in the summer of 2015, and Ronaldo has recently stated he intended to see this out:
“I want to see out my contract at Real Madrid: I’m very clear about that. After that, well, I don’t know what’ll happen in the future.”
Financial giants such as Paris Saint Germain and AS Monaco are also tracking the situation and are all ready to pounce on the opportunity to sign one of the world’s best players.
At this moment in time both Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo are in limbo as we go into the summer break, both parties are unsure what the future will bring. There are however two things that are clear; Ronaldo misses the club and the club are happy to do everything possible to fund the transfer if he decides he does want to come back.