Respected Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to return to Manchester United, but Real Madrid will have the final say on the matter.
The potentual return of Ronaldo to Old Trafford has been the subject of speculation in recent weeks following reports in the media that he is not happy with how the Spanish club have gone about doing their transfer business in the summer.
Ronaldo was reportedly not happy with Madrid president Florentino Perez’s decision to sell Mesut Ozil last summer, and he was allegedly not pleased when the 10-time European champions let Angel di Maria leave for United last month.
Although the Portugal international forward himself has publicly stated that he backs Perez in his decisions, reports of him wishing to return to United simply do not go away.
Balague also believes that Ronaldo wants to play for United again – in fact, he is ‘convinced’ about it. However, he had a different theory on why the 29-year-old would want to leave Madrid.
‘I am convinced that he wants to come’, he told Sports Mole. ‘I know that he wants to come and how much Manchester United want him. But, there is a third party, which is Real Madrid and they have the power over the timing, which is as much as I can say’.
‘I do not believe that he is unhappy at Real Madrid because he is realising a lot of his dreams by being there’, added Balague. ‘However, it is a club where sometimes players do feel what they are doing is a job.
‘A lot of the time they want to recover the feeling of being a kid and playing the game and at Man United he had that. He also realises that’.
Given Ronaldo’s history at United and how much the club means to him, Balague’s comments of him hoping to play for the Premier League giants again in his career should not come as a surprise to anyone.
However, one must realise that at Madrid, Ronaldo is THE superstar of the team. The most highly paid player in the squad, he is also someone around whom the team is built. And he is still at his best.
Why would Madrid want to sell Ronaldo if he is still at his best? Until and unless they believe that the Portuguese is past his prime or find a suitable replacement for him, Ronaldo is likely to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu.