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An Old Trafford return a distinct possibility for unhappy Bernabeu star?
CRISTIANO RONALDO has waited 11 months for Real Madrid to give him a new deal — now he can force his way out in the summer.
Just like he did when he was at Manchester United.
And it’s ironic how the Ronaldo story can come full circle as boss Sir Alex Ferguson wants the prodigal son back at Old Trafford.
This summer, Ronaldo will have two years left on his contract.
Snub a new deal and, get-out clause or not, Madrid will have to accept a much lower fee.
The winger was promised a new contract himself in January by Real president Florentino Perez.
But it has yet to be signed and last week Madrid were playing catch-up, saying Ronaldo will get a six-year deal worth up to £25m a season.
It may be too late. Ronaldo has told former United team-mates he wants to return and Madrid officials have already discussed a transfer fee they would accept — around £122m.
Sweet revenge is looming and Ferguson may yet pull off the most stunning coup of all time.
SOURCE: The Sun
There is certainly growing speculation that a move back to Man United for Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo could be more than just mere paper talk.
All is not well at the Bernabeu. Having clinched the La Liga title last term Cristiano Ronaldo would have hoped that Real Madrid would build on that success and mount a real challenge to wrestle domestic control from arch-rivals Barcelona but this has not proven the case.
Jose Mourinho’s job looks under threat having seen his Bernabeu side fall some 16 points off the title pace and Cristiano Ronaldo is growing increasingly disillusioned by the lack of activity in relation to being handed a new Real Madrid contract that he feels he deserves.
What underpins the long drawn out contract negotiations are changes to Spanish tax laws which will increase income tax from 24 per cent to 52 per cent meaning that Real Madrid would have to double Ronaldo’s wages to keep his take home pay approximately the same.
This may well lead to the Spanish giants considering mammoth offers for a player who has been a superb servant to the club for the past three and a half years, during which time the Portuguese international has netted an astonishing 169 goals in 170 appearances.
Whilst clearly an outlay of £122m is a huge price to pay it may be one that could be justified financially on the grounds that Cristiano Ronaldo could well bring in a kings ransom in the way of sponsorship tie-ins, shirt sales and other merchandising benefits but perhaps above all else any successful moves by the Glazer family to bring the former Man United star back to Old Trafford would give them a hefty public relations boost that could help with over a fan-base that still doesn’t appear to value their presence at the Premier League club.
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