The Portuguese superstar’s comments leave no doubt that he would indeed be open to a return to Manchester United, a suggestion that has been mooted for several months now.
He’s yet to agree a new deal to keep him at the Bernabeu with Real Madrid but as yet it’s unclear whether new United manager David Moyes has any plans to make the fans’ fantasies a reality.
"I really miss English football. For me, it was some of the best years in my career when I was there in Manchester United," Ronaldo stated on a visit to Singapore.
"Everyone knows that. It is the club that is still in my heart and I really, really miss [United].”
There is little doubt that Ronaldo still remains in the hearts and minds of Manchester United fans – some of whom even attempted to start a social network campaign to buy him out of his contract in the Spanish capital themselves.
This recent comment is exactly the kind of statement the fans want to hear but, more importantly it’s exactly the kind of statement Real Madrid will have been dreading. His current deal at the Bernabeu enters its final year in less than a year’s time and for a player they paid £80 million for, that’s a dangerous situation for Los Blancos.
David Moyes has a real opportunity here to endear himself to the fans – Ronaldo is open to a return, the fans would love to see him back at the theatre of dreams, and Moyes can make everyone’s dreams come true if he signs him.
Of course, the problem is always going to be prizing him away from Real Madrid – they are desperate to keep hold of him, understandably, but his €1 billion release clause becomes more and more irrelevant (and negotiable) the closer he gets to his contract’s expiry date.
Moyes will have money to play with this summer - £70 million according to reports – and that’s before taking into account any potential sale of, for example, Anderson, Nani and even Wayne Rooney. If Moyes really wanted to get him, he could probably just about do it.
Financially it’s feasible. Ronaldo is open to it, the fans would love it and David Moyes could become a United hero before the season even kicks off.
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