Cristiano Ronaldo has played down rumours linking him with a return to Manchester United, saying “it’s all speculation.”The Real Madrid star remains focused on his future at the Bernabeu and has quickly dismissed reports he could be set to grace Old Trafford once more.
” It’s nothing important, what’s important is Madrid. On a personal level, things are going well and I want to help this shirt. I don’t see a need to talk about things outside the club.
It’s all speculation, speaking about my future… My future is Madrid. I’m happy. The season is going well and I’m not talking about my future, it doesn’t make sense.”
Ronaldo’s quotes certainly leave room for interpretation. Saying his future “is Madrid” may indicate he is planning to see out the rest of his contract or remain in the Spanish capital until he retires. He could also be suggesting his immediate future remains with the club with the technicality that, if he’s there tomorrow, he was telling the truth.
He is a player who has chosen to put footballing matters before transfer speculation in the past. Prior to Ronaldo’s switch from United to Madrid, he emphatically said he wouldn’t discuss his future until Portugal’s run at Euro 2008 was complete.
This allowed Ronaldo the space to continue performing at a high level without the constant questioning over a matter which can only be resolved during the year’s two transfer windows. A similar tactic could be employed here; even if Ronaldo has his heart set on leaving, there’s no way he would confirm it just after the summer market closed.
United fans will certainly look on in envy at the player who helped deliver the club’s last Champions League trophy in 2008. Ronaldo has scored an incredible nine goals in four La Liga matches this season, including consecutive hat-tricks against Deportivo La Coruna and Elche, per WhoScored.com.
He also netted during Los Blancos’ opening European tie with Basel, fresh on the back of scoring a record-breaking 17 goals along the way to last season’s La Decima triumph.