Man United transfers: Ronaldo plays down meeting with Ferguson
Man United transfers: Cristiano Ronaldo says potential return to England was not discussed when he met United boss last week
Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he met with Sir Alex Ferguson on the day of Real Madrid’s visit to Manchester City last week but insists a potential return to Manchester United was not discussed.
Ronaldo has been linked with a move back to Old Trafford in recent weeks following reports that the Portugal captain is unhappy at the Bernabeu.
Ferguson recently admitted that he would like to tempt Ronaldo into returning to the Premier League but said that it was unlikely due to the forward’s hefty price-tag.
And Ronaldo, who moved to Real Madrid from United in 2009 for a world-record £80m, insists there was no talk of a possible return to England when he met the Red Devils boss on Wednesday.
“I met Sir Alex Ferguson on the day of the game, he came to our hotel in Manchester to speak with Jose Mourinho,” said Ronaldo, who netted 118 goals for United. “Of course I talked to him as well. We keep in touch. It was nice to see him again.”
When asked if a potential transfer had been discussed, Ronaldo replied: “No. We didn’t speak about that. We just talked about his times with Manchester United and mine with Real Madrid. We were just happy to see each other.”
Ferguson earlier this month admitted he would “like to think” he could tempt Ronaldo back to Old Trafford but said United would be unlikely to be able to afford the forward.
“I’d like to think it would be but I don’t think it will happen,” he said. “You’re talking about incredible amounts of money now.
“What would you think his value would be? He’s definitely unbuyable. Who could afford to buy him? There’s talk of the Russians, perhaps. But do you think he would go to Russia?
“He complained about the weather here, let alone the middle of winter in Russia!
“He was definitely good value for Madrid but he always wanted to play for them, it was his boyhood dream.”