Ronaldo has suggested he would love to return to Manchester United in the future. The Portuguese spent six productive years at Old Trafford winning three league titles, the Champions League and numerous other trophies.

But despite making a blistering start to the season at Real Madrid under new boss Jose Mourinho, Ronaldo has refused to rule out a move back to the North West giants.

He said: ‘To be honest I miss the Premier League a lot. Of course I have good memories about Manchester. I have good friends there and I miss them a lot, so you never know.

‘Sir Alex Ferguson is like a second father for me. He helped me a lot during the six years I was in Manchester, he taught me many things.’

Ronaldo has made a prolific start to the season in Spain’s La Liga and has praised Mourinho for helping him rediscover his top form.

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Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he is planning a future away from the Bernabéu.

The Portuguese winger moved to Madrid from Manchester United for a world-record transfer fee of £80m last summer, but says he will not spend the rest of his career with the club.

“Football is all about cycles. I believe that you are in teams for cycles. If you have already won everything with a team you have to change and that’s what happened to me with United.

“I wanted a different football and different goals and I am very happy to have taken this decision. Alex Ferguson understood my decision. I continue to talk to him. I spent several years wanting to play in Madrid. But I don’t see myself here at 40. You are in teams for cycles.”

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Manchester City’s prospective new owners are weighing up a staggering £135 million offer for Cristiano Ronaldo in January as the club attempt to topple the established elite of European football.

Having lived in the shadow of Manchester United for so long, City could be about to test the resolve of their fierce rivals with an offer that would obliterate the world transfer record and send shock waves through the sport and beyond.

The extraordinary revelations come as the ruling al-Nahyan family of Abu Dhabi moves closer to completing a £200 million buyout of City from Thaksin Shinawatra.

To put it into context, £135 million is more than twice United’s operating profits for the 2006-07 season, more than double the amount that Randy Lerner paid for Aston Villa two years ago and almost three times the world record transfer fee of £47.5 million that Juventus received from Real for Zinédine Zidane in 2001.

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Sir Alex Ferguson returns to work at Manchester United this morning after his holiday, convinced that he will triumph in the forthcoming battle of wills with Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portugal winger is determined to engineer a move to Real Madrid, but Ferguson is vehemently opposed to selling and will spend this week examining ways to strengthen his squad.

The two men are not believed to have spoken since Ronaldo left Manchester to join the Portugal squad in late May, with the player doing nothing to dispel rumours of growing tension between him and his club manager.

But while Ferguson has been disappointed by some of Ronaldo’s comments, he does not want to sell the player and is convinced that Ronaldo will drop the issue when he learns of the extent of United’s opposition to the sale.

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