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Does Cristiano Ronaldo really want a return to Old Trafford?

Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly a player who simply cannot keep out of the newspaper’s headlines. Whilst, as footballing fans, we have become accustomed to Ronaldo dominating the news through his incredible performances on the field, the Portuguese superstar has been making news throughout the Summer with regards to the uncertainty surrounding his Real Madrid future.

Despite speculation linking Ronaldo with a move back to Manchester United controlling the sporting headlines just a few weeks back, the proposed move was quickly put to bed, with Jose Mourinho calling attempts to sign the Madrid star as ‘mission impossible.’ However, more fuel has been added to the fire with regards to Ronaldo’s unsettled situation, as according to Sky Sports, the Portuguese forward has told a court in Madrid that he wishes to one day return to England.

Ronaldo had been scheduled to appear in court, following accusations claiming that he had evaded paying tax by using offshore bank accounts, with a hefty figure of £13m being mentioned. Despite these accusations, Ronaldo remains adamant that he has, in fact, paid more tax than he should have during his eight-year spell in Spain and it seems as though the whole saga has pushed the Madrid star to boiling point. During the court case, Ronaldo has been quoted in saying;

“I never had these problems in England. That’s why I want to go back there.”

These remarks have inevitably sparked the United fan base back into a frenzy, as the proposition of re-signing the forward that experienced so much success during his time at Old Trafford, is undoubtedly an exciting occasion. However, as United fans should be aware of by now, you can’t get too excited over transfer gossip, particularly when it involves Cristiano Ronaldo or even Real Madrid for that matter.

Following the Alvaro Morata saga, in which Real Madrid were continuously holding out for more and more money from United, it was, in fact, the Red Devils who came out on top, rejecting the Spanish striker for Romelu Lukaku and also managing to keep hold of David De Gea in the mean time. It would be a fair assessment to say that the two clubs don’t hold the best relations in regards to transfer business and therefore, serious doubts must be held over any deal that involves offloading a player with the caliber of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Coincidently, of course, the two clubs are scheduled to meet this Tuesday evening following the fixture of the European Super Cup, a fixture which Ronaldo is preparing for as usual. As reported by the Daily Mail, Ronaldo has been training with Real Madrid ahead of the game this weekend and is expected to make the starting eleven.

Admittedly, the remarks made by Ronaldo are destined to create speculation and excitement across news outlets and social media but as mentioned, fans must be wary when reading too much into this story. Mourinho has already branded the rumour as ‘mission impossible’ and if Florentino Perez was considered stubborn when negotiating with Morata, one must consider his valuation of the player who was once most expensive footballer in the world. Ronaldo one day returning back to Old Trafford will forever remain in United fan’s wishes, but that is most likely where they will have to remain, even though this won’t be the last we hear regarding this story.

Written by Joshua Gmerek-Iftakhar

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