Ferguson hints at Ronaldo return

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 protection. “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.