CR7 rebuffs United rumours
08 July 2013, 10:23
Paris - Cristiano Ronaldo has denied speculation he will return to
Manchester United next season, claiming his future lies with Real
Speaking at an event in Monaco he told reporters that rumours of an imminent return to Old Trafford were wide of the mark.
a club (United) that's been in my heart since I was there so everyone
knows that I have a passion for that club but my future now is at Real
Madrid and I want to be there," said the Portugal forward.
"It's not the best day to speak about my future. I'm going to have time to speak about that at the beginning of the season.
it's (time) to rest (after) 10 months of a hard season. It's basically
to rest, to be with my family, my kid, my girlfriend and to rest.
"Just to rest, do a lot of the beach, massage, playing a little tennis, that's it."
began at the end of last season that Ronaldo wanted to move back to
United, where he enjoyed six successful years from 2003 to 2009, winning
the Champions League and three Premier League titles.
league title and one Spanish Cup success is scant reward from four
years in the Spanish capital and with Jose Mourinho having walked away
from the Bernabeu to rejoin Chelsea, many believed Ronaldo would follow
him back to England.
He added fuel to the fire last season when
speaking of his personal sadness but the 28-year-old has now put paid to
any suggestions about a departure.
He says he is instead looking to earn more success with Real and Portugal.
always looking forward to being better and better during the season so
this year's going to be the same. I will try to be focused every time to
win La Liga and the Champions (League) like we always (try to) do.
enjoying, of course, playing there. I've played in Spain for four years
so I want to continue there. And for the national team also that we can
qualify for the World Cup will be a big goal for us, so we are focused
on that and I look forward to being in the World Cup too."
Ronaldo's current contract at Real is due to run out in two years time and he has so far been unwilling to prolong it.
That has alerted interest from mega-rich French pair Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco as well as United.