Man Utd on alert as Ronaldo decides not to extend Real Madrid contract

Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he will not extend his Real Madrid contract past its 2015 expiration, the Daily Mail has reported, with Manchester United one of the clubs encouraged by the winger’s decision.

The Premier League champions face competition from Paris Saint-Germain and while Madrid are unwilling to sell the Portugal international this summer, United will be in contention for his signature when the time comes.

United sold Ronaldo to Madrid for a world record fee in 2009 but Ronaldo has said repeatedly in the past few months that he is not totally happy with life in the Spanish capital, the Mail claims, while a Portuguese newspaper added that Ronaldo feels mistreated by the Madrid hierarchy.

Ronaldo’s reluctance to sign a new deal at the Santiago Bernabeu could force Madrid into a sale earlier than they would have liked, to avoid the risk of the world’s most expensive player leaving the club on a free transfer. The Mail claims Ronaldo has been offered a €60m signing-on fee if he joins one of Europe’s nouveau riche as a free agent.

During his time as a United player, Ronaldo made almost 300 appearances and scored 118 goals, winning the Premier League title three times, the FA Cup once, the League Cup twice and the Champions League and Club World Cup once.

He was also twice-named the PFA Player of the Year, the Football Writers’ Player of the Year and once the FIFA World Player of the Year, among a host of other individual prizes.

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