The British tabloid 'The Sun' has released an exclusive report claiming that Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is angling for a return to Old Trafford. The newspaper says that the Portuguese forward, who played for United from 2003 to 2009 before signing for Madrid, has already told former team-mates in England that he wants to go back.
Patrice Evra, a key figure in the Manchester United dressing room, yesterday voiced his opinion that Real Madrid do not show Cristiano the respect he deserves, and that the player's best option is to make a return to the 'Red Devils' if he wants to win the Ballon d'Or: "I have been in touch with him many times, he still loves Manchester United and misses Manchester United. He has done some incredible things for Real Madrid, he broke all the records, but they didn't show him the respect he deserves." The Frenchman added: "When Ronny was here, he got the love from all the players, the manager and the fans. He is a winner. But he likes people to like him. He misses Manchester United because it was his house."
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson also touched on the possibility of CR7 re-signing for the Premier League outfit, but highlighted his transfer value as a stumbling block: "I'd like to think it would be but I don't think it will happen. You're talking about incredible amounts of money now. What would you think his value would be? He's definitely unbuyable. Who could afford to buy him?"
The player, who has two and a half years to run on his current contract, has a buy-out clause set at one billion Euros. Real Madrid have declared that he is not for sale and are preparing to negotiate a three-year extension to his contract that would last until 2018.
The Portugal captain will face his former employers at the Santiago Bernabéu on 13th February in the first leg of their Champions League second-round tie. After that, he can look forward to playing at Old Trafford again in the second leg on 5th March. For now, though, he'll be wearing the white of Madrid.