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Friday 22 September 2017

Real to offer Ronaldo new deal

Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid

Mark Ogden

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is to fly to the USA later this month in an effort to thrash out a new contract with Cristiano Ronaldo and end Manchester United's hopes of re-signing the forward.

United are continuing to pursue efforts to tempt Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, four years after selling him to Real for £80m.

But while senior figures at United have been given encouragement from the Ronaldo camp that he would consider a return to the club, Perez has made it clear that he expects the Portugal captain to remain at the Bernabeu for the rest of his career.

While Ronaldo is understood to be open to the prospect of running down his contract to leave as a free agent in 2015, United believe they can prise him from Madrid this summer if he makes it clear he will not extend his contract.

United fly to Bangkok this lunchtime for the first leg of their tour of the Far East and Australia with progress yet to be made on a move for Everton defender Leighton Baines.

United chief executive Ed Woodward is due to accompany David Moyes' squad on the flight to Thailand, but attempts to sign Baines, Ronaldo and Barcelona's Thiago Alcantara will continue throughout the three-week tour. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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