Bruno Fernandes quells Cristiano Ronaldo exit rumours but hopes for Sporting return

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Bruno Fernandes has addressed speculation Cristiano Ronaldo is seeking to leave Manchester United, saying he “doesn’t believe” such a move will materialise.

Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford from Juventus last year and finished as United’s top scorer in the Premier League with 18 goals – only behind Tottenham’s Son Heung-min and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in the division (both 23).

However, it was a disappointing season for Manchester United as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lost his job and Ralf Rangnick failed to stop the ship, the club missed the top-four finishes, and UEFA Champions League football.

Recent speculation has suggested that Cristiano Ronaldo is unhappy with Manchester United’s direction and wants action, with Chelsea reportedly showing interest.

Bruno Fernandes does not believe the move will follow, however, and he expects to see his team-mate train at United when they both return from holiday next week.

“According to what I have discussed with him – we are both still on holiday, and no one is bothering friends on holiday – I hope in four days I will find him to train there. I do not expect much more,” he told reporters Thursday.

“As far as I know, there is nothing better than that, but everyone cares about his future. I do not believe the club is willing to lose assets like Cristiano.”

Fernandes was then asked if it was possible for Ronaldo to return to Sporting CP, where he started his career, and he admitted that he hoped such a move would be enjoyed in the future.

“It would be a good moment for Sporting, almost everyone expects this; I would like that to happen,” added Fernandes, also a former sportsman.

“He has a desire to continue playing for many years, we will see what he decides, I hope when the contract with United expires, but the desire and dream of the fans would be to see Ronaldo play with the Sporting jersey. “

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