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The news that Man Utd agree to a deal to sign Cristiano Ronaldo drew exuberant responses from their current stars, although Roy Keane typically remained measured.
In a whirlwind with transfer news, Cristiano Ronaldo went from being odds-on to joining Man City to agree a deal to return to Old Trafford. The Portuguese icon has reportedly accepted the club’s contract proposal and Juventus are expected to receive € 15m. Plus € 8 million In additions to its sales.
The shift brings to an end Ronaldo’s three-year stint in Turin, and the 36-year-old took to Instagram to say his official goodbye.
He wrote: “Today I am leaving a fantastic club, the biggest in Italy and definitely one of the biggest in all of Europe. I gave my heart and soul to Juventus and I will always love the city of Turin until my last days.
“’Tiffosi bianconeri’ always respected me. I tried to thank that respect by fighting for them in every match, every season, every competition. In the end, we can all look back and realize that we achieved great things. Not everything we wanted, but still we wrote a pretty beautiful story together.
“I will always be one of you. You are now a part of my story as I feel like I am a part of yours. Italy, Juve, Turin, tiffosi bianconeri, you will always be in my heart. ”
Predictably, the news has been with great joy among both Man udd fanbase and playing staff.
Bruno Fernandes welcomed his Portugal team-mate Ronaldo back to United on Twitter. Fernandes, who reportedly spoke to Ronaldo about returning to Old Trafford, tweeted: “‘Agent Bruno’?” along with emojis of a briefcase and a face with tears of joy. He added: “Welcome home Cristiano.”
United summer signing Jadon Sancho simply tweeted: “SCARY HOURS!”
Marcus Rashford tweeted: “Wow wow wow, he’s home” while Man Utd teammate Jesse Lingard added: “VIVA RONALDOOO !!!!”.
Ronaldo’s former United team-mate Edwin van der Sar wrote on Instagram: “How are you with @manchesterunited fans? Have always dreamed but never expected it to happen! Welcome back to Manchester @cristiano ”.
Roy Keane, who was United’s captain when the club first signed Ronaldo, kept it surprisingly short and simple. “Welcome back Cristiano,” the Irishman wrote on Instagram.
Cavani on Man Utd collision course
Meanwhile, Edinson Cavani could be on a collision course with Manchester United after Uruguay indicated the veteran striker is playing in their upcoming World Cup qualifier.
Earlier this week, the Premier League confirmed that clubs had ‘reluctantly but unanimously’ decided not to release players for international matches which will be played in red list countries is due to continued concerns over the Covid 19 pandemic.
But shortly after the announcement on Tuesday, Cavani seemed puzzled by the decision. The 34-year-old posted a picture of the statement along with several question marks on his Instagram page.
If Cavani decides to travel to South America to represent Uruguay next week, it would mean he would be categorically excluded from Red devils’ Premier League matches against Newcastle and West Ham.
After an isolation period of 10 days, the striker may also be unfit for United’s Carabao Cup draw against West Ham. The league match against Aston Villa on September 25 may also be out of reach.
Cavani has yet to play for Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men this season. He was given an extended holiday following Uruguay’s Copa America achievements this summer.
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