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Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Real Madrid claims Agustin Rodriguez

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Ex-Real Madrid goalkeeper Agustin Rodriguez has insisted that he's certain Cristiano Ronaldo and Iker Casillas will leave the Bernabeu this summer.

As reported by Goal.com, Rodriguez, who featured at the club for a decade between 1980 and 1990, has hinted that big news will come out next Wednesday, with the duo set to depart the club sooner rather than later. 

Ronaldo, of course, is recognised by many as the world's best player, while Casillas has endured a tricky time at the club in recent years. 

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There's no doubt about it, it wouldn't come as a major surprise if Casillas left the club in the upcoming window, but it would represent a huge shock if Ronaldo moved on. 

Rodriguez, though, seems adamant that the duo are set to leave the Bernabeu, as the the 55-year-old told Radio Marca: "I think Iker Casillas is going to go, genuinely. And Cristiano, too. I'm certain on that.

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"We'll see in the news that comes out next Wednesday."

Van Gaal would take Ronaldo

One thing's for sure, if Ronaldo really is set to leave the Spanish capital behind, then speculation over a possible Manchester United return will no doubt return. 

The Portuguese superstar, of course, left the Theatre of Dreams in the summer of 2009 and has since gone from strength-to-strength on the elite stage of world football.

Having secured numerous individual awards, the versatile forward would still make an incredible signing for any club in the world, and he's certainly admired by current Manchester United chief Louis van Gaal. 

When Van Gaal was asked about the possibility of signing Ronaldo last year, as reported by Sky Sports, the Dutchman stated: "It is possible.

"That's what I have said with Falcao. Players like Ronaldo give a lot of extra to a team, but I don't think Real Madrid shall sell him."

Don't get too excited 

But, let's be honest, despite Rodriguez's claims, no one at Old Trafford will be getting too excited about the prospect of Ronaldo returning to the club just yet. 

Of course, even if Rodriguez is talking sense, there's no certainty that the Portuguese superstar would opt for a second stint in Manchester. As he approaches the latter stages of his career, he may well be on the lookout for one final new challenge, but that remains to be seen. 

On the subject of Casillas, though, that's one that may well worry Red Devils supporters, with reports suggesting that the Spanish giants will attempt to sign David de Gea as his replacement. 

With De Gea in remarkable form, there's no way the Manchester United hierarchy should give him up without a fight. 

Do you think Ronaldo will be a Real Madrid player next season? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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