Queiroz reveals where and when Ronaldo decided to leave Manchester United

Carlos Queiroz has been speaking about the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United in 2009.

Recently there has been plenty of talk about Cristiano Ronaldo one day returning to Manchester United.

The Portuguese forward has long been linked with a potential return to his beloved Old Trafford after admitting on several occasions a strong affection for the club he left back in 2009.

Since departing United he has gone on to become an even stronger player than he was in England. His record for Los Merengues is sensational - 269 goals in 257 appearances - making him arguably one of the greatest to ever play the game.

So there is no wonder why Manchester United fans want him back so much they flew a banner over the Bernabeu declaring so earlier this month.

Yesterday his agent Jorge Mendes aimed to put all those rumours to bed, insisting that Ronaldo will retire at Real Madrid and that a United return is what it is, a pipe dream.

But now one of the men pivotal to bringing him to Manchester in the first place has discussed the way he left.

Carlos Queiroz was assistant manager at United at the time, and played a big role in convincing his countryman to make the move to the club in the summer of 2003.

That same summer he left United, ironically to manage Real Madrid, but was back a year later and grew a strong bond with Ronaldo during his tenure as Sir Alex Ferguson's right hand man.

But when Ronaldo decided he would be leaving the club it was in Queiroz' house that it happened.

In an interview with Maisfutebol in Portugal, the former United assistant has spoken about Ronaldo's £80 million exit to Real Madrid back in July 2009.

He revealed the decision had been made a year earlier, when rumour was again rife that Ronaldo wanted a Real switch:

"There are many things in my private life that Cristiano knows and many things in his life that I know, and we never take that for granted. Look, for example the decision to open the doors for him to leave Manchester United to Real Madrid was taken in my house in the middle of my family. When doubts were raised, he could join in my house Alex Ferguson and Cristiano. With the three sitting there it was decided that Cristiano would stay for another year in Manchester and the year after he would go to Real Madrid. [Alex Ferguson] Did not want him to leave, the coaches have to defend their interests . But in terms of a relationship, I have no reason not to return to working with Ronaldo."

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