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Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly wants to finish his career at the club he started at – Sporting Lisbon. Ronaldo has been linked with a move back to another of his former clubs in recent weeks. Manchester United are rumoured to be interested in bringing the Portuguese superstar back to Old Trafford, with reports from Italy claiming he has discussed a two-year deal with the Red Devils.
Ronaldo has been unable to lead Juventus to Champions League glory in his three years in Turin.
The former Real Madrid forward has maintained a stunning goalscoring record despite turning 36 in February.
He has scored 99 goals in 129 appearances for Juve but the Old Lady’s run of nine-consecutive Serie A titles has come to an end this season.
And Juve may have to prepare for life without Ronaldo if he does indeed leave the club.
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Last week, TuttoMercatoWeb claimed Ronaldo had begun talks with United over a two-year contract.
But Portuguese outlet Record now say Ronaldo has decided he wants to return to Sporting before he hangs up his boots.
He wants to continue playing until he is 40, which still gives the likes of United a chance to sign him on a short-term deal if he were to leave Juve this summer.
Ronaldo started his professional career at Sporting after first joining the academy in 1997.
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He scored five goals in 31 first-team appearances before he caught the eye of United in a pre-season friendly in 2003.
Record say a return to Sporting would be supported by his family.
Last week, Italian outlet Gazzetta Dello Sport claimed Ronaldo was ‘getting closer’ to a move away from Juventus.
The report said Ronaldo has been distant with his team-mates since they were knocked out of the Champions League by Porto in March.
Former United winger Luke Chadwick believes his old club should pursue Ronaldo if the opportunity arises.
Chadwick has no concerns over Ronaldo’s age and still believes he has what it takes to perform in the Premier League.
“If United had the opportunity to sign Cristiano Ronaldo they’d be foolish to turn it down,” he told Caughtoffside.
“We’ve seen Cavani, who’s slightly younger, the impact he’s had. Ronaldo’s kept himself in great shape over the years, so I’m sure he’d still offer a huge amount.
“What he’s done at the club, he wouldn’t have to win too many fans over.
“It would be exciting to see him in the Premier League, but it’s probably quite a long shot really.”
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