The Mirror reports that Sir Alex Ferguson has asked the Manchester United owners to do everything in their capabilities to bring back Ronaldo to old Trafford, if the Portuguese winger wants to leave Real Madrid sometime in future.
Speculations regarding Ronaldo’ future at the Spanish capital started building up after Ronaldo refused to celebrate his goals against Granada last weekend (which was incidentally his 150th goal for the club). Ronaldo later said that he is ‘sad’ due to some ‘professional reasons’ and that the concerned people in the club already knows the reason.
Rumour mills have gone haywire ever since speculating the reason of Ronaldo’s sadness and also whether he will leave Real Madrid. While some reports say that Ronaldo wants a pay hike at the club (a rumour which Ronaldo himself quashed later on), others reported that Ronaldo felt that he didn’t get enough backing from the club in race to win the European player of the year award.
Iniesta won the award this season and it is believed that Ronaldo feels that the club didn’t support him enough in the run in. Infact some board members at Madrid were vying for Casillas to win the award and this might have been Ronaldo’s case for concern.
Ever since that incident, Ronaldo was linked with some clubs in Europe (the ones who could realistically afford him). PSG and Manchester City have already ruled out any interest in signing the Portuguese star. Manchester United seems to be the only viable destination for Ronaldo if he wants to leave Madrid, that is if Madrid lower the buy-out clause in his contract, which is believed to be around £800m!
“The manager made it clear when Ronaldo joined Real that if he ever left the Bernabeu he should return to Old Trafford.
“It’s a transfer that would prove that United can still compete with anyone for the biggest names in football.
“But, at the moment, only Ronaldo knows whether he is serious about leaving Madrid or whether he’s just having a sulk.” – A United source was quoted in Mirror.
Although Sir Alex has a good relation with Ronaldo’s agent and Mourinho, financially it would be hard for Glazers to land him given the debt that the club is in already. But perhaps the most important factor in all of these is what Ronaldo wants, if he wants to leave and rejects any contact extension, then Madrid surely can’t hold him back. Also one must consider the fact that very few club can also sustain his current wages.