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Sir Alex stokes fire of speculation by suggesting that former favourite may be keen on Old Trafford return.
Sir Alex Ferguson has amazingly suggested that Cristiano Ronaldo could be tempted back to Manchester United in the future.
The Portuguese superstar left Old Trafford last summer in a world record £80million deal.
But with Real Madrid bowing out of the UEFA Champions League this week, Ferguson says that life at the Santiago Bernabeu is perhaps not as good as some would suggest.
“I don’t think Real Madrid is an easy club to play for – there is a circus attached to it,” said Ferguson.
“He knows the value of Manchester United, and Ruud van Nistelrooy has said the same because what they have here is protection.
“They come to training every day at Carrington and there is no one here but the players and the coaching staff.
“At Real Madrid and some of the big Italian clubs there are 2,000 people watching training.
“The media film the training sessions every day. It is completely private here at United and we don’t allow that exposure of our players.
“You’d like to think Ronaldo would want to come back here but you never know.
“I don’t think he will stay at Real Madrid all his life – there are other challenges for him.”
And Ferguson admits that he is very much still in touch with Ronaldo, something he rarely does when selling a player.
“I still have a great bond with Cristiano – he’s a good guy,” admitted the Scottish tactitian. (Sky Sports)
Sir Alex Ferguson knows exactly when to beat a man when he is down. Having seen Real Madrid dumped out of the Champions League clearly now is the time to put more heat on the La Liga side by suggesting that Cristiano Ronaldo may be interested in coming back to Old Trafford. Its a hilarious bit of mind games from the wily Manchester United boss and is nothing less than the La Liga side deserve.
For years now the Spanish giants have stretched, as well as possibly broken, so many ‘tapping-up’ guidelines and have unsettled players on an annual basis as they look to nab the top players around the world so as to keep the galatico machine moving forwards.
However things are not all doom and gloom at the Bernabeu. They are after all top of the domestic league and play a brand of exciting football that rivals the style and panache shown by arch rivals Barcelona in recent years. In many ways I can see Ronaldo considering a move back to Manchester United at some point. As a move it would be a win/win thing.
Arguably the Premier League champions are as a club ahead of the Spanish outfit and are serious Champions League contenders and obviously Cristiano is adored by the United fans and it was the Old Trafford club that put the player on the map in the first place and he clearly loves the club and has a great deal of respect for Sir Alex so who knows. Stranger things have happened.