Patrice Evra has revealed that he attempted to persuade Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Real Madrid for Manchester United on several occasions - but was always told “I don’t know” by the Portuguese superstar.
Evra, who played alongside the goal machine at Old Trafford between 2006-2009, says Ronaldo told him that he still loved United - but clearly it wasn’t the right time for him to return.
The three-time Ballon d’Or winner has been linked with a move back to the Red Devils in recent weeks, as speculation over his Real Madrid future intensifies, but Evra admits he tried his best to bring Ronaldo back to Manchester long before now.
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“Did I ever try to persuade Ronaldo to return to United? Yeah, a lot. A lot,” the France international was quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News. “And he was like, ‘Pat for the moment I don’t know.’
“When I was talking with him - ‘I don’t know.’ He says, ‘Pat you know the way I love Man United.’”
Ronaldo 'couldn't sleep' before Man Utd clash
Evra also revealed that Ronaldo couldn’t sleep before the Champions League clash between Manchester United and Real Madrid at Old Trafford in March 2013.
Ronaldo scored the goal which knocked United out of the competition during Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season as a manager but raised his hands to the crowd apologetically.
“I remember he said when we played against them at Old Trafford, he said, ‘Pat all night I could not sleep,” Evra added. “’My nose even bled for the emotion. Too much emotion.’
“I remember when he came on to the pitch and I see the way the fans they stood for him, it was just amazing."
PSG move more likely than Man Utd
Having achieved everything with Real Madrid, it seems likely that Ronaldo will leave the Bernabeu at the end of the season.
Realistically, there are only two clubs that he will opt to join: Manchester United or Paris Saint-Germain.
While United would welcome him back with open arms, it’s hard to imagine Ronaldo moving back to Manchester - where he didn’t particularly enjoy living the first time around - and playing for Louis van Gaal, a disciplinarian who rarely gives his players freedom to express themselves.
The opportunity to embark on a new adventure in Paris and the chance to create more history with another European club with ambitions of winning the Champions League for the very first time is more likely to appeal.
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