Cristiano Ronaldo won’t close the door on Man United return
Winger would be happy to sign 10-year contract with Real Madrid but refuses to rule out Old Trafford return
Cristiano Ronaldo has refused to rule out a return to Manchester United – but admits he would be happy to finish his career at Real Madrid.
The 26-year-old Portugal winger, who spent six successful years at Old Trafford, says he misses the Premier League but insists he is happy at the Bernabéu since his £80m move from United in 2009.
“I don’t close the door, so maybe in the future I hope so, because I know the league, I know the players, I know the atmosphere,” Ronaldo told Sky Sports.
“Why not? I hope so one day, but you never know. The team that I like more in England is Manchester but I cannot say that I am going to play there one day because I am very, very happy in Madrid.
“I’ve said a few times that, if Madrid want, I can sign for 10 years more until the finish of my career but nobody knows the future.
“I cannot lie to you and say I will stay here ten years, that I am not going to come back to Manchester. It is not fair on my part. Let’s see what future God has prepared for me.”
Ronaldo, who scored 118 goals and was named PFA player of the year on two occasions during his spell in England, has fond memories of Old Trafford and still keeps in touch with Sir Alex Ferguson, who he describes as a “second dad”.
“I said a few times that to play for Real Madrid was my dream – as it was for Manchester too,” he continued. “For me they are the best clubs in the world, apart from maybe Barcelona, Chelsea, Arsenal, Milan.
“I’m really happy with what I did in Manchester because I don’t forget the six years that I passed there. I have a lot of friends there. Sir Alex Ferguson is my second dad – he helped me a lot to improve and now Mr Mourinho too because they are experienced managers who win many things, so for me they are the best coaches.
“I have good memories from Manchester and when I watch sometimes the games I miss it a lot because it’s part of me I left in England. Just because I play in Madrid I’m not going to miss speaking with the old guys so, when I have an opportunity, I speak with Sir Alex Ferguson.
“It was important for me when I played there, when my life was there, so it is good to speak with him because I’ll never forget who really helped me.”