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Cristiano Ronaldo’s saga continues, he could return to Portugal's Sporting

According to 'The Athletic', Jorge Mendes has begun talks with the Lisbon outfit, which was the player's first club and will play in the Champions League next season.

According to 'The Athletic', Jorge Mendes has begun talks with the Lisbon outfit, which was the player's first club and will play in the Champions League next season.

Cristiano Ronaldo could end his saga with a nostalgic destination. The Portuguese star contemplates the option of Sporting Portugal, the club where he was formed as a footballer and where he made his professional debut. As advanced by 'The Athletic', Jorge Mendes has already sat down with representatives of the Portuguese club to negotiate the possible transfer. The operation would be, in any case, a simple one-season loan.

The justification for Cristiano's departure is 'sporting ambition', since the Manchester United striker wants to play in the Champions League next season. However, he has a contract with the 'Red Devils' until 2023 with an option for one more, and at Old Trafford they are confident he will stay. Ten Hag recently met with the player and his agent to discuss his situation.

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Sporting of Portugal was the club that made Cristiano's talent known, who came out of its youth academy and closed his signing for United in 2003 for 19 million euros. Almost two decades later, the 37-year-old striker could come full circle with a return to Lisbon. However, money could be a problem for the Portuguese Liga club, who could only take on his signing with a significant salary cut.

After the refusal of Chelsea, Bayern Munich, PSG and the doubts surrounding Atletico Madrid, the Portuguese does not have too many avenues open to him. Beyond the option of United, which seems discarded, now Sporting appears as a feasible alternative for the player.

Sporting will play in the Champions League

Rúben Amorim's side finished second in the league last season, thus sealing their qualification to the next edition of the Champions League. This is a differential factor to understand Cristiano's interest in Sporting, beyond the romanticism of a possible return to his first professional club.

 


 

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