Cristiano Ronaldo has dropped a potential bombshell on Manchester United by telling Spanish television he could consider his future following the UEFA Champions League final on 21 May.
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-a-week, Spanish giants Real Madrid have been repeatedly linked to the Portuguese livewire. According to Spanish media reports, Ronaldo would be ready to leave Old Trafford because of a financial disagreement with the club.
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:
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.