Manchester United may not have a chance to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo if Sir Alex Ferguson retires.
Cristiano Ronaldo has hinted that he would one day like to return to Manchester United because he enjoyed working with ‘father figure’ Sir Alex Ferguson during his original spell with the club.
Ferguson has confirmed that he wants to stay in charge at Old Trafford for another two or three seasons but if United don’t pull off a deal before he retires, it may never happen.
“I really miss him because I have a great relationship with him. He's a fantastic person, a human person. He taught me many things. Like I said before, he's like a father in football,” Ronaldo said in November last year.
His current deal at Real Madrid is set to expire in the summer of 2015 and such is his magnitude to the Spanish champions, they are unlikely to let him leave before that point.
The problem is that could be a similar time to when Ferguson is thinking of stepping out of the game to put his feet up and enjoy a few years without the pressure of top flight football.
Ferguson is on a rolling deal with United which gets reviewed and renewed at the end of each season. That allows Ferguson the flexibility to call it a day whenever he likes because he doesn’t have to but out an additional one or two years on a longer deal.
The best chance United have of getting Ronaldo back is if he re-joins them when his contract expires at Real Madrid and if Ferguson is signed on for the 2015/2016 season.
If that’s not the case then Ronaldo will more than likely extend his contract with the Spanish giants over moving to another European team or another Premier League side like Manchester City or Chelsea.
It’s very clear the level of admiration, gratitude and respect that Ronaldo still holds for Ferguson because not only did he nurture his early talent, he didn’t get in his way when he made it clear he wanted to leave.
Ronaldo is expected to get a brilliant reception when he returns to Old Trafford for the first time next week as United and Real Madrid go head-to-head in the Champions League last 16 second leg.
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