Sports Desk, Aug 31 (EFE).- Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday said Manchester United has a “special place” in his heart as the Premier League club released the details of his new two-year contract ahead of his return.
The Portuguese superstar is set to rejoin the Red Devils on a two-year contract with the option of extending for a third, pending international clearance, United said in a statement.
“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,” the 36-year-old forward said.
“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, and I hope we have a very successful season ahead.”
Juventus said United agreed to pay 15 million euros ($17.7M) with a potential 8 million euros in add-ons for the transfer.
Ronaldo played for Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson between 2003-09 before his then-record breaking move to Real Madrid.
Man. U’s current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a former teammate of Ronaldo at Old Trafford, said: “You run out of words to describe Cristiano. He is not only a marvellous player, but also a great human being.
“I have no doubt that he will continue to impress us all and his experience will be so vital for the younger players in the squad.
“Ronaldo’s return demonstrates the unique appeal of this club and I am absolutely delighted he is coming home to where it all started.”
Ronaldo scored a total of 118 goals in 292 games during his first spell at Manchester United, where he won three Premier League titles and a Uefa Champions League.