Wednesday 22 October 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo keen on return to Manchester United

Mark Ogden

Published 03/08/2014 | 02:30

10 June 2014; Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal. Friendly International, Republic of Ireland v Portugal, MetLife Stadium, New Jersey, USA. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
10 June 2014; Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal. Friendly International, Republic of Ireland v Portugal, MetLife Stadium, New Jersey, USA. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

CRISTIANO RONALDO has refused to rule out a return to Manchester United, admitting he retains "passion" and "love" for the club.

The Real Madrid forward, in America for last night's friendly against his former team, left Old Trafford in a world-record £80m transfer in 2009.

But, after admitting to being overcome by emotion when he returned to United for a Champions League tie with Real in March 2013, Ronaldo revealed that he could not rule out another stint at Old Trafford.

"It was one of my favourite clubs," Ronaldo said. "Everyone knows that every time when I speak about Real Madrid I should speak about Manchester United, I loved it there. I was 18 years old (when I signed). I won everything there, the people treat me like a god there, so I appreciate that, and the future, nobody knows. I remember when we played there in the Champions League - they kill me, my heart was so happy.

"I had fantastic moments and for me, it's one of the best clubs in the world and I have passion for this club. I am still in contact with some of the players, because when I was there, I created a good relationship with everybody, not just the players, but all the staff. It was like my second family there, so I'll not forget that the people treat me good.

"I love Manchester, and to be back, I never know, you never know. Of course, I'm happy at Real Madrid, it's my home, it's my club, but Manchester treated me unbelievably, so we never know."

United attempted to re-sign Ronaldo 12 months ago at the start of the David Moyes regime, but the Portugal captain chose instead to sign a new contract at the Bernabeu. United suffered their worst-ever Premier League season under Moyes, who was sacked and replaced by Louis van Gaal as manager.

And, with United impressing in their tour games under Van Gaal, Ronaldo believes his former club have secured the best possible manager in the Dutchman.

"It will be a better season," Ronaldo said. "My feeling is, he is a fantastic coach, he showed them all the time for Holland, the team played unbelievably good football and I hope that Manchester come back. A strong United, playing nice football, with a lot of goals."I think Van Gaal is going to do a fantastic job, he's an experienced manager and I think he's going to do well for Manchester." Telegraph

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