The Real Madrid star has been linked with a return to the Old Trafford club this summer, but The Guardian state that next summer could see him back in red.
It has been the dream of all Manchester United fans since, well, since he left. Cristiano Ronaldo departed Old Trafford to join Real Madrid for a world-record transfer fee in the summer of 2009 and has matured into one of the best players on the planet since. Due to the Portuguese attacker’s debt of gratitude to United, rumours of his potential return have lingered on.
The latest comes from a rather reputable source in the form of The Guardian, who usually refrain from getting involved in transfer silly season. The newspaper state that Ronaldo has contacted the Premier League champions stating that he would like to return to Old Trafford and end his career in Manchester, but not until next summer.
Despite periods of Ronaldo admitting he ‘felt sad’ last season at the Santiago Bernabeu and him subsequently not celebrating when he scored, the 28-year-old’s likelihood of returning to England then was very small. He has the unfinished business of trying to win La Decima, the tenth European Cup, for Madrid and his transfer fee while he has a couple of years left on his contract would be out of United’s reach.
There is no doubt that Ronaldo has an allegiance to United and in particular Sir Alex Ferguson, and may well want to return to the club in the future. The practicalities of it actually happening will depend on his contract situation.
Put simply, Ronaldo’s current deal with the Spanish giants expires in the summer of 2015. Should he refrain from signing an extension, next summer United and the player would be in a position to negotiate a transfer with only 12 months left on his deal.
If he decides to extend his stay in the Spanish capital by signing an improved deal, which Madrid want, the power lies with Florentino Perez and the La Liga side. Madrid would then have no obligation to sell as they have the player on a longer-term deal and it may only then be in the dwindling days of Ronaldo’s career that he would return to United.
There have been talks over a new deal for Ronaldo in Madrid and Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti stated earlier in the summer that he was ‘certain’ the attacker would put pen-to-paper.
“The player wants to renew his contract and the club want him to renew it too, so I don't think it's going to be a problem," the Italian said.
"I think Cristiano and the club are relaxed about the issue. I don't know when it will happen, but I am certain that Cristiano is going to renew his contract with Madrid."
The current contract situation will dictate where Ronaldo ends up playing his football. If he does not extend, Madrid could well be persuaded to sell to United next summer instead of losing one of the world’s best on a free transfer 12 months later. If he does take an improved and prolonged deal, United may have to wait until he is 32/33 before a return becomes feasible.
At the moment it is all ifs and buts, and the dream return of Ronaldo to Manchester United is a long way off.
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