Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he is still in regular contact with his former colleagues at Manchester United – and that he could return to the Premier League in the future.
Ronaldo had a remarkable few years at Old Trafford, developing from the sprightly teenager bought by Sir Alex Ferguson for £12.25m to one of the most feared players in football, eventually being sold to Real Madrid for £80m.
However, since moving to Spain he has only won one Copa del Rey trophy, due to a preposterously successful Barcelona team, and perhaps he is beginning to contemplate how his legacy will be viewed after he has retired.
“I have good memories from Manchester and when I watch sometimes the games I miss it a lot because it’s part of me I left in England,” explained Ronaldo to Sky Sports News.
“Just because I play in Madrid I’m not going to miss speaking with the old guys so, when I have an opportunity, I speak with Sir Alex Ferguson.
“It was important for me when I played there, when my life was there, so it is good to speak with him because I’ll never forget who really helped me.
“I don’t close the door [on returning to England], so maybe in the future. I hope so, because I know the league, I know the players, I know the atmosphere.”