Real Madrid are now as short as 1/5 with bwin to retain the services of star player Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese forward appeared to rule out a return to Manchester United this summer, despite admitting he still holds the club in high affection.
Ronaldo became the most expensive footballer in history when he left United to join Madrid in an £80 million deal in 2009 and speculation had been rife that the former Sporting Lisbon star was ready to make a sensational return to Old Trafford this summer.
Despite personal excellence in his four years in the Spanish capital, where he has scored an incredible 201 goals in 199 games for Los Blancos, Ronaldo has won just two major trophies in that time as Barcelona have dominated the Spanish game as well as the European scene.
It was thought that Ronaldo was growing disenchanted at that lack of success, with a return to the club where he won three Premier League titles, one Champions League, an FA Cup and one League Cup in a six-year stint being strongly mooted.
However, today the Portugal international seemed to rebuke that a move was on the cards, saying that despite loving his time at United he sees his future at the Bernabeu.
“I miss English football,” Ronaldo said. “For me, it was one of the best years in my career when I was there in Manchester United. Everyone knows that it is a club that is still in my heart and I really, really miss [it].
“But now my life is in Spain. I am enjoying playing there too. Part of my life is there, but in the future we never know. I am really, really happy in the Spanish league.”
The comments have made bwin price up Ronaldo staying at Madrid as a 1/5 chance, while United are 9/4 to re-sign the forward.
Chelsea, managed by Ronaldo’s former boss Jose Mourinho, are 5/1 to sign him, while Paris Saint-Germain are 8/1.
It is 11/1 and bigger for Ronaldo to sign for any other club.