Manchester United has always had a special place in my heart, says Cristiano Ronaldo
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DIURBAN - Manchester United confirmed the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford in a statement released on Monday.
The move sees the 36-year-old rejoin the club he left in 2009 in order to move to Real Madrid. He arrives at Old Trafford on a two-year deal which will include an option to extend by a further year.
“Manchester United is a club that has always had a special place in my heart, and I have been overwhelmed by all the messages I have received since the announcement on Friday,” Ronaldo said.
“I cannot wait to play at Old Trafford in front of a full stadium and see all the fans again. I'm looking forward to joining up with the team after the international games, and I hope we have a very successful season ahead” Ronaldo added, as per the Manchester United website.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also ecstatic to have Ronaldo on board.
“You run out of words to describe Cristiano. He is not only a marvellous player, but also a great human being. To have the desire and the ability to play at the top level for such a long period requires a very special person,” the Manchester United manager said.
“I have no doubt that he will continue to impress us all and his experience will be so vital for the younger players in the squad. Ronaldo’s return demonstrates the unique appeal of this club and I am absolutely delighted he is coming home to where it all started.”
United will be hoping that Ronaldo can help them claim the English Premier League title, something that they have not won since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.