Cristiano Ronaldo admits that he is currently “happy” at Real Madrid but reiterated his desire to return to Manchester United in the future.
The Portuguese forward still has four years remaining on his contract with the La Liga giants after signing an extension last September, which saw his annual salary reach a reported £14 million with an additional £2.4 million in incentives.
But speaking to the Daily Mail, the 29-year-old spoke at length about his “wish” to return to the Theatre of Dreams.
“I love Manchester,” he told the Daily Mail. “Everyone knows that – I have said it many times. Manchester is in my heart. I left many good friends there, the supporters are amazing and I wish I can come back one day.”
“I am happy here in Real Madrid and have four more years, but in the future you never know because they treated me unbelievably there.”
“I really did love being at Manchester United.”
“Believe me, they will be a good team again. I’m sure of it. It is a great club.”
“Manchester is passing through a bad moment. Last year it was a horrible season and this year they haven’t started well either.”
“But I do think they did well to buy [Angel] Di Maria and [Radamel] Falcao. I think the team will be much better. I want to see them better because it is such a fantastic club and they deserve to be better.”
Ronaldo enjoyed six seasons at Old Trafford between 2003 and 2009. During that time, United won eight major trophies, including three Premier League titles and a UEFA Champions League.; the Portugal international also won his first Ballon d’Or in 2008.
Earlier this summer, prior to Manchester United and Real Madrid’s International Champions Cup match in Michigan, Ronaldo also expressed his desire to return to the twenty-time champions of England to the club’s official television channel, MUTV.
But keep in mind, the Madrid forward made similar comments around the same time last season, before ultimately signing an extension with the La Liga giants.
Ronaldo’s latest comments come on the heels of the forward’s criticism of Real Madrid’s summer transfer policy. Just a few days ago, the reigning Ballon d’Or winner expressed his disappointment in club president Florentino Perez’s handling of Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria’s departures.
“I have my very clear opinion, but I must calculate and I cannot always say what I think because tomorrow I will be on the front of the papers and I do not want that,” Ronaldo said, during an event for sponsor Tag Heur.
“But if I was in charge, maybe I would not do things like that. Everyone has their opinion and is free to say what they think. If the president thinks that the best thing for the team is to sign these players and let go those who left then we have to respect and support his decision.”