Cristiano Ronaldo, regarded by many as one of the finest players to ever play the beautiful game, will only move to former club Manchester United, if ever he is to leave the Iberian peninsula, according to Portuguese journalist Pedro Pinto.

Pinto, who has interviewed his countryman several times, rules out Ronaldo joining any other European club, and is certain that his country's current national team captain will only move to England once he decides to end his time in Spain.

Speaking on Tancredi Palmeri's new podcast, the Portuguese journalist said: "Ok, I can tell you for sure he's not going to Monaco, I can tell you 90 per cent sure he's not going to go to PSG.

"From the conversations I've had with him I think the only option he sees is going back to England and going back to [Manchester] United.

"If he was going to leave for anywhere, I would be shocked if it was going to be anywhere else other than Manchester United. Whether that's in 1,2,3,4,5 years."

The Portuguese who works as a CNN World Sports correspondent along with also being a BBC World Service pundit, has a good relationship with Ronaldo, and his latest comments should be music to the ears of United fans, who have been hoping for a sensational return of their former talisman to Old Trafford all summer.

Ronaldo has yet to agree terms to his contract extension with current club Real Madrid, with negotiations having been going on for months. 

Club president Florentino Perez has seemingly put Ronaldo's extension negotiations on the backburner, focusing instead on the signing of Gareth Bale, much to the annoyance of the Portuguese superstar.

Ronaldo is also not too pleased with his own club's willingness to break his symbolic record of being the world's most expensive player, by negotiating a deal of about €99 million for Bale along with also bringing the Welshman on a par with himself and Kaka by offering a contract worth €10 million-per-year to the future No.11 at the club.

Thus speculation linking him with a move back to his former club refuses to settle down, and Pinto's latest comments must encourage Manchester United staff to make a late move for Ronaldo as they are yet to deliver the marquee signing they have promised their fans this summer.

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