Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly ‘determined’ to leave Real Madrid this summer after nine successful years at the club.
Ronaldo arrived from Manchester United in 2009, winning two La Ligas, two Copa del Reys and helping Real to four Champions Leagues including three in a row for the first time in the competition’s history during his time in Spain.
It seems like he’s finally ready to walk away from the Bernabeu this summer though, and Man United could be very tempted in bringing the five-time Ballon d’Or winner back to Old Trafford for the 2018-19 season.
Manchester Evening News claim that Ronaldo is ‘sad’ and ‘determined’ to finalise a move away from Russia once the 2018 World Cup in Russia is over.
He is said to be eyeing a transfer to a club in either England, France or Italy before the transfer window slams shut and will not opt for the money being offered from China.
United are the only club who could truly afford to acquire the 33-year-old’s services, according to MEN, and CEO Ed Woodward is eager to ‘right the wrong’ over his then-word record departure after seven special years in Manchester.
There is a problem now for United to solve. It’s unlikely Woodward will want to see Ronaldo join another European giant without having a say, but his team-mate Gareth Bale suits what Jose Mourinho needs much better.
The trouble with Ronaldo giving United false hope over a return on numerous occasions since leaving will also cause some worry in terms of not wasting time on a pointless pursuit.
This saga could thread along for the majority of the close season but it seems increasingly likely that Ronaldo will be playing his football away from Spain next term.