'I COULD RETURN TO MAN U'

LONDON - Cristiano Ronaldo, who left Manchester United for Real Madrid for a world record 80 million pounds (R966 million) transfer fee last year has hinted he could return to Old Trafford in the future.

LONDON - Cristiano Ronaldo, who left Manchester United for Real Madrid for a world record 80 million pounds (R966 million) transfer fee last year has hinted he could return to Old Trafford in the future.

The 25-year-old World Player of the Year spent six seasons at Old Trafford, winning the Premier League three times as well as the Champions League.

"Of course I miss playing for Manchester United," Portuguese international Ronaldo said in an interview with Britain's News of the World newspaper.

"I played there for six years and that's a long time. I am still interested in watching Manchester United and, you never know, maybe in the future I could return to play there. It's always possible.

"I am really happy at Madrid, and everyone knows this is my club, but of course I miss Manchester United, the boss, the players because I left family there." Ronaldo, who joined United as an 18-year-old for R150 million from Sporting Lisbon in 2003, played 292 times for English club scoring 118 goals.

He has scored 17 times in 17 games Real.

l Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni is not interested in the Nigeria coaching job.

"I won't hide the fact that other countries have shown interest in me but I am happy in Dublin, so it's a no to Nigeria." - Reuters

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