Friday, October 18, 2019

Ronaldo to announce future club in coming days – reports

Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo will announce in the coming days whether he intends to leave Old Trafford and join Spanish giants Real Madrid, according to reports here Friday.

Portugal international Ronaldo has been linked with the nine-times European champions since he hinted at a move to Real five days before United's triumph over Chelsea in the Champions League final on May 21.

And in newspapers across Portugal the 23-year-old is reported as saying he will announce his intentions in “two to three days”, having already made up his mind prior to United's victory over Chelsea in Moscow.

“There will be news in the coming days,” said Ronaldo following Portugal's exit from the Euro 2008 after a 3-2 defeat to Germany in Basel, Switzerland on Thursday.

Asked about a move to Real, he said: “It's a big possibility, but it doesn't just depend on me.

“I think a concrete offer has been made (from Real), but we'll see what happens in the next few days and whether we can come to some kind of agreement.”

Real are reportedly willing to pay United 80 million euros for the Portuguese striker, however Ronaldo – whose contract with United does not expire until 2012 – admitted that “negotiations (to leave the club) would be difficult”.

He said he hoped to talk to United bosses, and seemed to leave no doubts over his preferred destination, adding: “Everyone knows what I want, and what my dream is.

“I hope to have talks with United. Hopefully everything will be decided in two to three days time.”

Ronaldo also said he will undergo a foot operation in Manchester in the coming days to remedy a problem that he said had plagued him in recent weeks.

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