Ronaldo ‘held talks with Atletico’ before Man Utd return

Cristiano Ronaldo was briefly in talks with Atletico Madrid over a shock return to La Liga this summer, according to one Spanish source.

The top goalscorer in men’s international football left Juventus for Manchester United on transfer deadline day.

The Red Devils paid an initial £12.9m for his signature. The deal could rise to £19.8m if certain conditions are met.

Ronaldo has got off to a brilliant start back in England. He notched a brace on his second debut against Newcastle and has since scored against Young Boys and West Ham.

He could be vital in helping Man Utd end their wait for another Premier League title.

Juve boss Max Allegri confirmed on August 27 that Ronaldo wanted to leave Turin for a new challenge.

Spanish source Cadena Ser (via Mirror) has now claimed that the forward’s agent, Jorge Mendes, acted immediately to find him a new destination.

He was even involved in talks with Atletico over a shock move to the Wanda Metropolitano.

But club chiefs decided not to sign Ronaldo due to his affiliation with city rivals Real Madrid.

It was a busy few days for the player as he was also linked with Man City before United came calling.

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Ronaldo said when re-joining the Red Devils: “Manchester United is a club that has always had a special place in my heart, and I have been overwhelmed by all the messages I have received since the announcement on Friday.

“I cannot wait to play at Old Trafford in front of a full stadium and see all the fans again. I’m looking forward to joining up with the team after the international games. I hope we have a very successful season ahead.”

Ronaldo beat Lukasz Fabianski at the weekend as United ran out 2-1 winners in the Premier League.

However, club legend Roy Keane insists they must not be complacent because of his return.

“You look during midweek, he struggled upfront without getting decent support or possession,” he told Sky Sports.

“Man United have to be careful because Ronaldo’s come to the club everyone thinks it’s just going to fall into place, the players still need to step up and do better.”

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