Ronaldo: Manchester is in the past

by Sam Peoples

Cristiano Ronaldo has put an end to speculation that he may rejoin Manchester United by signing a new five year contract with Real Madrid.

His new contract runs until 2018 and will see Ronaldo become the best paid player in La Liga ahead of Lionel Messi.

There had been widespread speculation that Ronaldo could return to Old Trafford following the arrival of Gareth Bale but he has admitted that Manchester is in the past for him.

Speaking at a press conference to announce his new contract, he said: “I will be honest with you. Everyone knows I was in Manchester for six years and it was a club that gave me many things and I don’t forget that.

“But Manchester is in the past. Now my club is Real Madrid. Now this is my home and my family is here and I’m really happy here.

“I respect all the clubs who knock on the door to ask about me but they already know that my only goal is to be at Real Madrid and maybe play at the club for my whole career.

“The future nobody knows but I am really happy here.”

Given that United chose to lose out on Ander Herrera by not paying an extra £6 million, a move to bring Ronaldo back to Old Trafford always looked unlikely because of how much it would have cost and with Madrid tying him to a new deal, that price would now be even higher.

Although, in typical Ronaldo fashion he dropped his classic ‘nobody knows’ statement about the future so expect rumours to reappear next summer again.

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