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Cristiano Ronaldo Thinks Real Hard About Leaving Manchester United

Andrew BarrySenior Analyst IMay 16, 2008

Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has dropped a potential bombshell on the club, by telling Spanish television he could consider his future following the Champions League final on May 21.

Ronaldo is expected to be one of the most influential players on the park in Moscow next Wednesday, when United face Premier League rivals Chelsea for European club football's biggest prize.

However the Portuguese international has given Sir Alex Ferguson an unwanted dilemma by stating in an interview with a Madrid-based television channel that he would not rule out a move to Spain.

Despite having four years left on a five-year contract at Old Trafford that is worth 120,000 pounds (233,000 dollars) a week, Spanish giants Real Madrid have been repeatedly linked to the Portuguese livewire.

And Ronaldo appears to have stoked those fires by telling Spanish television during a media open day for the Champions League final: "I am happy here, but let's see what happens after the Champions League final.

"I'm feeling calm here, I'm happy here—but in the future, I don't know."

Asked whether that specifically meant a move to Spain, he added: "I have said millions of times that I would love to play in Spain, but it's one thing to dream and another thing for it to be reality.

"I don't know the club (Real) but I know they like my game. I know that other teams in Spain like me as well. It's good to know they like my game, but I am happy here."

United, who successfully defended their English Premier League crown last week, have recently stated that Ronaldo is not for sale at any price.

Days before United bid to win European club football's biggest prize for only the third time, Ronaldo's comments are untimely, at the very least.

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