Transfer Update : C. Ronaldo wants summer United return
Cristiano Ronaldo has told his Real Madrid team-mates he wants to return to Manchester United in the summer.
Spanish publication 'AS' reports that the Portuguese has made the decision to leave Real Madrid, with a return to Old Trafford now his priority. Ronaldo looks set to dominate the back pages once again this summer. The aforementioned source claims that the Real Madrid star feels deceived by the club's hierarchy after being promised a new deal that never came to fruition. It claims that Real president Florentino Perez promised the 32-year-old a new contract after 'Los Blancos' defeated Juventus in last season's Champions League final, but over six months on from that triumph, talks are still yet to take place.
Ronaldo has taken matters into his own hands to try to force the issue in recent months, declaring his desire to retire at the Bernabeu whilst also pointing out that ultimately it is not his decision. "If it is possible I would like to retire at Real Madrid. But it's not up to me", he explained following the Club World Cup final. 'AS' claims that Ronaldo is frustrated with the lack of movement from the club, particularly given the effort they put in to signing other player such as Kylian Mbappe, whilst Perez's flirtations with Neymar during the Ballon d'Or awards ceremony still rankle. Furthermore, it suggests that part of Ronaldo's desire for a renewal is down to the fact that he is no longer amonst the best-paid players in the world. The publication claim athat Ronaldo earns €21m per year, putting him well behind both Lionel Messi (€50m) and Neymar (€36m).
The news of Ronaldo's desire to move could cause shockwaves in both Madrid and Manchester, particularly given that the English side have been trying to tempt the player to return for quite some time now. With still half a season to go until the proposed move, Ronaldo has already to have shared his desire to depart with several of his Real team-mates.