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FOOTBALL: Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Manchester United after 12 years

Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes offered the former Red Devils forward to Manchester City after they missed out top target Harry Kane, but City dropped out of the race on Friday, last minute.

Ronaldo was believed to be open to a move to the Etihad Stadium despite saying in the past that he would never line up for one of the Red Devils’ main rivals. City held some talks over the possibility of a deal but there was no agreement on terms between the player and club.

That allowed Manchester United to make a £24 million (€28m/$33m) bid to bring the 36-year-old back to Old Trafford, where he played between 2003 and 2009.

Juventus boss Max Allegri confirmed at his news conference that Ronaldo has no “intention of staying” with the Italian club. He was seen leaving Juventus’ training ground on Friday morning while the rest of the team began their session, before boarding a private plane out of Turin.

CR7 is finally back at Manchester United after 12 years, the club’s official statement reads:

“Manchester United is delighted to confirm that the club has reached agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, subject to agreement of personal terms, visa and medical.

“Cristiano, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, has so far won over 30 major trophies during his career, including five UEFA Champions League titles, four FIFA Club World Cups, seven league titles in England, Spain and Italy, and the European Championship for his native Portugal.

“In his first spell for Manchester United, he scored 118 goals in 292 games.

“Everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester.”

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