Ronaldo rebuffs United transfer rumours
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Cristiano Ronaldo has denied speculation he will return to Manchester United next season, claiming his future lies with Real Madrid. Speaking at an event in Monaco he told reporters that rumours of an imminent return to Old Trafford were wide of the mark.

"It's a club (United) that's been in my heart since I was there so everyone knows that I have a passion for that club but my future now is at Real Madrid and I want to be there," said the Portugal forward.

"It's not the best day to speak about my future. I'm going to have time to speak about that at the beginning of the season. Basically it's (time) to rest (after) ten months of a hard season. It's basically to rest, to be with my family, my kid, my girlfriend and to rest."

Speculation began at the end of last season that Ronaldo wanted to move back to United, where he enjoyed six successful years from 2003 to 2009, winning the UEFA Champions League and three Premier League titles.

One Spanish league title and one Spanish Cup success is scant reward from four years in the Spanish capital and with Jose Mourinho having walked away from the Bernabeu to rejoin Chelsea, many believed Ronaldo would follow him back to England.

I have a passion for that club (United) but my future now is at Real Madrid and I want to be there.
Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo

He added fuel to the fire last season when speaking of his personal sadness but the 28-year-old has now put paid to any suggestions about a departure. He says he is instead looking to earn more success with Real and Portugal.

"I'm always looking forward to being better and better during the season so this year's going to be the same. I will try to be focused every time to win La Liga and the Champions (League) like we always (try to) do."