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‘Manchester Is In The Past’, Says Cristiano Ronaldo After Committing Future To Real Madrid

Winger rules out Old Trafford return after signing new contract in Madrid.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has appeared to rule out a return to Manchester United after saying he wants to see out the rest of his career with Real Madrid, Sky Sports reports.

The 28-year-old put pen to paper on a new five-year contract with the Spanish giants today, which should put to bed recent speculation over his future at the club, which had seen him linked with re-joining his old side in the Premier League.

Ronaldo became the most expensive player in the world when he made the move from United to Real in 2009, though his £80m fee has since been surpassed by Gareth Bale, who joined him at the Bernabeu this summer after an £85m switch from Tottenham.

There had been suggestions that the Portuguese star was unsettled by Real’s pursuit of Bale, as well as the resulting sale of Mesut Ozil to Arsenal, though he now says he is happy at the club and feels Madrid has become his home.

And in a disappointing message for United fans, he described Manchester as being in the past for him, as he looks to end his career with Los Blancos.

“I’m really happy here,” he said. “I’ll be here five more years. I just want to win trophies for this club.

“I appreciate the fans like me a lot to be here. I’m happy, I want to give my best on the pitch.

“I will be honest with you – everyone knows I was in Manchester for six years. Manchester is in the past.

“Now my club is Real Madrid. This is my home, my family is here and I’m really happy here.

“I respect all the clubs who ask about me. But they always know that my decision, that my only goal is to be here and to play at this club until, maybe, the end of my career.”

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