Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the most-wanted football stars in the world, was most recently linked with a move to Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United. And though we’ve all read about his billion-euro release clause, that hasn’t stopped tongues wagging about the Portuguese sensations next possible move… Now however, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has gotten involved and wants to set the record straight!
While speaking to The Sun, the Real Madrid boss was quoted saying, “Everyone can be changed and substituted but Ronaldo is now the best in the world and it means Madrid lose the best player which is a huge loss. But this won’t happen because Ronaldo will go to the end of his career at Real Madrid. I’m 100 per cent certain he will be here next season (and) not at Manchester United — 100 per cent. He’s happy here; he’s loved here by everyone. It’s a perfect relationship at this moment so I don’t think it will change. Ronaldo will finish his career here.”
And why would the world’s best player leave the ten-time European champions. There is no doubt the two-time Ballon d’Or winner holds the Red Devils close to his heart, but he has been at the Santiago Bernabeu for nearly five years now. His status has elevated since his £80 million move to the Spanish juggernauts, and any move away from Madrid could now be considered a possible step down.
He may not return to Old Trafford in the near future, but he will be at Anfield this Wednesday in the hotly-anticipated UEFA Champions League clash against Liverpool. Reds winger Raheem Sterling had also reportedly been linked with a Real Madrid move, but Ancelotti has since brushed these rumors aside.
“To think of another striker for the Real Madrid attack is really extremely difficult. It’s clear that Sterling is not in our plans,” Ancelotti said. His boys are in brilliant form after beating Levante by five goals over the weekend, two of which came from CR7. Real Madrid remain unbeaten in their Champions League group with two wins against FC Basel and Ludogorets, respectively.
So will Ronaldo ever feature in a Man United jersey again? As long as Carlo Ancelotti’s boss… Over his dead body!