Transfer Talk: Cristiano Ronaldo open to Sporting CP return after Real Madrid rejection

Posted Saturday, August 27, 2022 by ESPN

Transfer Talk: Cristiano Ronaldo open to Sporting CP return after Real Madrid rejection
Cristiano Ronaldo could finally be open to return to his boyhood club, Sporting CP, after his bid to return to Real Madrid failed, per reports.

Cristiano Ronaldo is edging closer to returning to his boyhood club, Sporting CP in Portugal, according to Marca.

While the 37-year-old Manchester United striker's preferred option was understood to be Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti's side wasn't interested in bringing him back to the Santiago Bernabeu, and that has seen him more willing to make the switch back to the club where he made his professional debut.

The Spanish outlet says that Ronaldo has decided that his best option is to return to the Lisbon-based side, which accept that while it might not be able to compete financially with the offers that could be presented to him from some top clubs around Europe, its relationship with the Portugal international is enough to persuade him to finish his career where it began.

Last year, Ronaldo's mother told Sporting supporters she would try to convince him to return to the club. Instead, however, he joined Manchester United, where the team has underperformed.

Ronaldo has recently been linked with Marseille and AC Milan, but it looks as though the uncertainty over his future is beginning to clear as he nears an Old Trafford exit.

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