The smart money is going on Cristiano Ronaldo staying at Old Trafford for just one more season before joining Real Madrid, according to the Daily Mirror. The Portuguese superstar was non-committal about his Manchester United future following their Champions League victory on Wednesday night, although it now appears that he’ll be adorning the red number seven shirt next term and go out in a blaze of glory.
“My future will be clear next week. Everyone will be pleased – my club as well as me.
“I think I will definitely be here next season. I have been here five years and I want to stay because I love the people, the players are fantastic, the atmosphere at Old Trafford is unbelievable, all the staff are great.
“I never promise anything – I don’t promise anything to my mum so I won’t promise anything to the supporters. Nobody knows what can happen in the future.
“But I want to stay. I am very happy at this club and since the World Cup, over the last two years I feel the English people have been nice to me and friendly. I enjoy playing in England.”
That may be so, but Ronaldo has spoken about wanting to play some part of his career in Spain and it would be no great surprise to see him join Real at the age of 24. The question is, how would Manchester United cope without him? He’s been central to their success over the past two seasons and it’s hard to see how the team would score nearly as many goals if he does jump ship after season 08/09.