Monday 21 August 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo dodges questions over his future as talk intensifies of an emotional return to Manchester United

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Cristiano Ronaldo dodged questions over his Real Madrid future as speculation continues to grow over his future.

Ronaldo, currently away on international duty with Portugal at the Confederations Cup, failed to attend the post-match press conference following his country's 2-2 draw with Mexico.

It emerged on Friday that the 32-year-old wants to leave Madrid following an investigation into his tax affairs by Spanish authorities.

Ronaldo set up Ricardo Quaresma for the opener and was awarded man-of-the-match and as a result is required by Fifa to attend but failed to do so with officials confirming he was instead "undergoing treatment".

He was, however, able to speak to Fifa's official channel later on suggesting his side have what it takes to turn things around in Group A.

"It was not the result we wanted, the team had almost won and we suffered in the last minutes, but this is football," he said.

"The team continue to believe in qualification, we have great possibilities, because there are still two games left."

Ronaldo added in his post-match interview: "We are calm and we have to think about the next game. We have to win, because if we win the next game we will be one step away from qualifying.

"We do not have to sound the alarm."

Manchester United have been linked with a sensational move to bring him back to the Premier League while a move to China or Major League Soccer in the United States has also been mooted.

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