Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has again refused to rule out a return to the Premier League in the future but insisted that he isn’t thinking beyond the Spanish giants currently.
Speaking to Sky Sports at the premiere of his new film, ‘Ronaldo’, he continued to suggest that there is still a possibility that he will return for a second spell in England.
Although he didn’t specifically state that it would only be for Manchester United, the Old Trafford hero continues to have a great affection for his former club and it would be a surprise to see him move elsewhere in the Premier League, despite a report from The Express that Chelsea would be in the running.
Nevertheless, as noted by the Sky Sports, the Portuguese international’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has insisted that he sees his client finishing his career in Madrid and doesn’t believe that a move elsewhere will materialise.
While that may be true, it remains to be seen whether or not United try to tempt him back next summer, or whether his age and price-tag ultimately put them off.
Ronaldo turns 31 in February, which will be a concern as it will be difficult for him to maintain such high levels for many more years. Although his form this season doesn’t suggest that he is slowing down having scored 13 goals in 15 appearances in all competitions for Rafa Benitez’s side, as with any player there will be a natural decline.
However, that won’t affect his valuation too much as he will be seen as a crucial tool both on and off the pitch for any club that is interested in him.
As a result, Real Madrid will not be interested in losing him for a fee that falls way short of their own valuation, and so perhaps Mendes is right in that is is unlikely that the two-time Ballon d’Or winner will move elsewhere.