Ronaldo fuels United speculation

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has refused to rule out a return to former club Manchester United, and has backed Louis van Gaal to impress.

Last Updated: 02/08/14 at 17:25 Post Comment

Cristiano Ronaldo: Enjoyed major success at United

Cristiano Ronaldo: Enjoyed major success at United

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The 29-year-old joined Madrid in 2009 for a then world record £80m, but has been linked with a return on a number of occasions, including last summer.

Ronaldo has never previously ruled out returning to United, but signed a new long-term deal at the Bernabeu last summer, tying him to Madrid until 2018.

However, when asked about his future ahead of Real's International Champion's Cup friendly clash with United, Ronaldo insisted that an emotional reunion could be possible.

"Of course, it was one of my favourite clubs, Manchester," Ronaldo told the Manchester Evening News.

"Everyone knows that every time when I speak about Real Madrid I should speak about Manchester United, I love it there.

"I was 18-years-old, I win everything there. The people treat me like a god there so I appreciate it and in the future nobody knows."

He added: "Some players I am still in contact with because when I was there I create a good relationship with everybody, not just the players, all the staff around.

"It was like my second family there too so I’ll not forget that the people treat me good.

"I'll not forget, so I appreciate a lot.

"I love Manchester, to be back, I never know, you never know, football you never know.

"I appreciate this club, for me it’s one of the best clubs in the world and I have passion for this club.

"Of course I'm happy at Real Madrid, it's my home, it's my club but Manchester treat me unbelievable so we never know."

The Portuguese star also offered his best wishes to United as they enter a new era under Dutch coach Louis van Gaal.

Ronaldo believes that the former Netherlands boss has what it takes to restore United to their former glories, and reserved words for Sir Alex Ferguson, the man who brought him to England from Sporting Lisbon in 2003.

"It will be a better season for sure, my feeling is he is a fantastic coach, he showed it for Holland," Ronaldo said of van Gaal.

"The team play unbelievable, good football and I hope that Manchester come back like the people know.

"Manchester are so strong, play nice football, with a lot of goals and I'm looking forward, I see Manchester this year much more than the other years.

"I was with Sir Alex when we won the Champions League.

"He came to see me and to speak with me, and Manchester United need him because he's been there for 20 years at the club and he wins everything, he was a Sir there in England.

"But I think Van Gaal is going to do a fantastic job, he’s experienced manager and I think he’s going to do well for Manchester."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think that puts all doubts over Benteke's quality to bed. Can he do it after receiving the ball to feet, in the box, totally unmarked, on a warm, sunny afternoon in Swindon? Oh yes he can! This year is definitely Liverpool's year. YNWA.

rationalmanc
WATCH: Benteke's debut screamer

A

ll very well selling all midfield and strikers but unless we bring anyone in that is better than what we had then it will be a terrible transfer window in my view. Sorted out the defense but our midfield and striker options look very light.

bigo
Spurs Halfway To The Perfect Summer

L

ove it when Jose accuses others of being defensive, cynical and playing to win. If I was Wenger, I'd get that quote laminated and framed - surely the biggest compliment he's ever received from Mourinho. You've got him riled Arsene - you're relevant again!

suarez_blind
Jose rues pitch and weather after defeat

Footer 365

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has 'difficult questions'

Arsenal centre-half Per Mertesacker says manager Arsene Wenger has a lot of "difficult questions" to answer.

West Ham forward Enner Valencia ruled out for up to 12 weeks

West Ham forward Enner Valencia has been ruled out for up to 12 weeks with a leg injury.

Jordy Clasie says he'd have rejected move to Man United in order to join Southampton

Jordy Clasie claims he'd have rejected Man United to sign for Southampton - saying it's "better to start lower and finish higher".

Mail Box

There's A Lot Of Anger About TV...

...and how much you have to pay - largely for games you don't actually want to watch. Many of you are forced to go illegal. We also have mails on Chelsea, Angel di Maria and...

Not Just A Friendly. This Had Meaning...

Arsenal fans are very excited about beating Chelsea (don't remind them about last year), while there is criticism for BT and a football fan tired of being screwed by TV...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company