Manchester United already planning longer Cristiano Ronaldo stay after contract decision
Manchester United announced on Friday they’d agreed a deal to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus. And, now, contract details are starting to surface. It appears the Portugal international could stay at Old Trafford for longer than his two-year contract.
Until Friday morning, many had expected Ronaldo to return to Manchester. But with City, instead of United.
Pep Guardiola was chasing a deal for the Juventus star after missing out on Harry Kane, who will now stay at Tottenham.
But, after a sensational 24 hours that saw Ronaldo talk with former team-mates and Sir Alex Ferguson, he opted for an emotional return to Old Trafford instead.
It’s a huge deal, with United making their former No 7 the best-paid player in Premier League history.
And their decision to give him a two-year deal, with an option of a third according to Sky Sports, suggests they’re already planning for him to stay around.
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Signed as David Beckham’s replacement in 2003 following the England international’s move to Real Madrid, he initially took a little time to adjust.
However, Ronaldo returned from the 2006 World Cup a player completely transformed.
He then went on to fire United to three straight Premier League titles, as well as the Champions League crown in 2008.
And, by the time he departed for Real Madrid the following year, he’d etched his name into the club’s history books.
A club legend, United are now buzzing to have Ronaldo back.
Speaking before their 1-0 win over Wolves on Sunday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “Of course the fans have been excited for the last couple of days, we all are of course.
“He has had such a great career and he has been here before.
“Hopefully we can just finalise the paperwork and announce it. He is going to give everybody a boost, of course.
“I played with him, he’s a great player, he is a top human being, he is a top professional, so he will give everybody in the squad and everybody around the club a buzz.”
And he then added: “I think everyone’s looking forward to having Cristiano in and the paperwork done.
“I think it just adds more confidence and belief in what we’re doing.
“We’re gradually improved and improved and signed younger players.
“Now we’ve signed Jadon, who is also a young player and Raphael who is experienced and won everything. Now hopefully Cristiano can come in and show what he’s done in his career.
“He’s a more experienced player than when he was here last time.
“He’s evolved and had an unbelievable career. All the talk about how he’s too old – just make it personal and he’ll show what he can do.”
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