Ferguson hints at Ronaldo return

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has suggested that

Cristiano Ronaldo could be tempted back to Old Trafford in the


The Portuguese superstar left United last summer in a world

record £80million deal.

But with Real Madrid bowing out of the Champions League this

week, Ferguson says that life at the Santiago Bernabeu is perhaps

not as good as some would suggest.

“I don’t think Real Madrid is an easy club to play for –

there is a circus attached to it,” said Ferguson.

“He knows the value of Manchester United, and Ruud van

Nistelrooy has said the same because what they have here is


“They come to training every day at Carrington and there is

no one here but the players and the coaching staff.

“At Real Madrid and some of the big Italian clubs there are

2,000 people watching training.

“The media film the training sessions every day. It is

completely private here at United and we don’t allow that exposure

of our players.

“You’d like to think Ronaldo would want to come back here but

you never know.

“I don’t think he will stay at Real Madrid all his life –

there are other challenges for him.”

And Ferguson admits that he is very much still in touch with

Ronaldo, something he rarely does when selling a player.

“I still have a great bond with Cristiano – he’s a good

guy,” admitted the Scot.