Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo has slammed the door shut on talk of re-signing for Real Madrid. However, he has left the door slightly ajar when it comes to a potential return to Old Trafford amid growing uncertainty over his Juventus future.
Ronaldo spent six years at United, scoring 99 goals and registering 44 assists in 248 appearances.
He helped the club continue its dominance of English football and lifted the first of his five career Champions League titles.
After his memorable tenure at Old Trafford, Ronaldo spent nine seasons at Real and cemented his name as one of the greatest football players in history.
In 2018, he completed a £99.2million move to Juventus, and after three years, there is now talk of the 36-year-old eyeing an exit.
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It read: “Anyone who knows me is aware of how focused I am on my work. Less talk and more action, this has been my guiding motto since the start of my career. However, in view of everything that’s been said and written recently, I have to set out my position.
“More than the disrespect for me as a man and as a player, the frivolous way that my future is covered in the media is disrespectful to all the clubs involved in these rumours, as well as to their players and staff.
“My story at Real Madrid has been written. It’s been recorded. In words and numbers, in trophies and titles, in records and in headlines.
“It’s in the Museum at the Bernabeu Stadium and it’s also in the minds of every fan of the club. And beyond what I achieved, I remember that in those nine years I had a relationship of deep affection and respect for ‘merengue afición’, an affection and respect that I retain to this day, and that I will always cherish.
Although Ronaldo ruled out a Real return, a potential last dance with the Red Devils could be on the cards.
However, moving for Ronaldo would make little sense for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer because it wouldn’t be in line with the thriving transfer policy he’s implemented at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer has focused on youthful, primarily British, signings during his tenure as manager to much avail.
Ronaldo would blast the wage budget out of proportion and potentially damage the development of United’s promising forwards.
He may very well be interested in a return to Manchester, but there is nothing concrete on the likelihood of that happening, and it’ll likely stay that way.