Bernabeu keeps options open in relation to Old Trafford return.
Cristiano Ronaldo told Special Report that he hasn’t ruled out a return to the Premier League.
The 26-year-old won three Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the Champions League during six years at Manchester United before moving to Real Madrid in 2009 for a world record fee of £80m.
But he told Sky Sports News HD presenter Georgie Thompson that if he does return to English football, he wouldn’t necessarily go back to Old Trafford.
“I don’t close the door [on the Premier League] so maybe in the future I hope so,” he said, “because I know the league, I know the players, I know the atmosphere.
“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 10 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.”
SOURCE: Sky Sports
Whilst clearly any move back to Man United is not imminent it is worth paying close attention to what Cristiano Ronaldo is saying here. Clearly the 26 year old Portuguese international has a great love for his former club and seems very much open to a return to the club that made him the star that he is today.
During his six year spell in the Premier League the former Sporting Lisbon man notched up 118 goals in just under 300 appearances and collected three domestic crowns and a Champions League success and whilst his time at Real Madrid has been successful on an individual basis he has only managed to accrue a Copa Del Rey title from his two seasons in Spain.
Ronaldo’s record of 90 goals from 92 appearances for Real Madrid is testament to the fact that as a player the attacker from Madeira has just got better and better and clearly if given the chance Sir Alex Ferguson would jump at the chance of snaring his former charge.
Would Real Madrid allow such a thing to happen? Probably not, but one wonders what would occur if Jose Mourinho failed to end Barcelona’s dominance over the next couple of seasons, would Ronaldo be happy to rack up the goals only to fail to capture significant silverware?