Cristiano Ronaldo has shared his delight at returning to Manchester United after the club officially confirmed that the transfer had been completed on deadline day.
The Red Devils announced they had agreed a fee with Juventus for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner on Friday afternoon, though the deal was subject to personal terms being agreed and a medical.
Ronaldo is believed to have taken a significant pay-cut on his Juve salary, though will still become the highest paid player in the Premier League, while he passed a medical with flying colours over the weekend.
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Early on Tuesday morning the Italian side confirmed that Ronaldo’s move had gone through, with United agreeing to pay €15million (£12.8m) plus €8m (£6.8m) in add-ons, payable over the course of the next five years.
Now United have also confirmed Ronaldo’s transfer, with the 36-year-old returning to Old Trafford after 12 years away, and he is thrilled to be back at the club where he established himself as one of football’s greatest players.
‘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,’ said Ronaldo.
‘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.’
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The forward has signed a two-year contract with the Red Devils , with the option for a third, and the club are yet to confirm what shirt number he will wear amid speculation they will make a special request to the Premier League to permit Edinson Cavani to hand over the No.7 shirt.
Ronaldo spent six years at United in his first spell at the club, winning three Premier League titles, the Champions League and the first of his five Ballon d’Or honours.
After enjoying enormous success at Real Madrid, winning the Champions League on four occasions, he moved to Juventus in 2018 and netted 101 goals in 134 appearances in all competitions.
Despite Juventus enduring a difficult campaign last season, only finishing fourth, Ronaldo still led Serie A’s goalscoring charts with 29 goals.
Speaking about Ronaldo’s return, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: ‘Of course the fans have been excited for the last couple of days, we all are of course. He has had such a great career and he has been here before.
‘He is going to give everybody a boost, of course. I played with him, he’s a great player, he is a top human being, he is a top professional, so he will give everybody in the squad and everybody around the club a buzz.’
He added: ‘He’s a more experienced player than when he was here last time. He’s evolved and had an unbelievable career. All the talk about how he’s too old… just make it personal and he’ll show what he can do.’
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