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 By Kevin Palmer

Cristiano Ronaldo loves Manchester United and hints at late-career return

Manchester United teammates Wayne Rooney, left, and Darren Fletcher, right, with Cristiano Ronaldo before a U.S. preseason friendly in August.

Cristiano Ronaldo hinted he would like to return to Manchester United before his career is over, but insisted he is not eyeing an exit from Real Madrid any time soon.

Ronaldo's hugely-successful spell at United came to an end when he moved to Madrid in an 80 million-pound move in the summer of 2009, but it is clear he still has huge affection for the Old Trafford club in comments appearing in the Daily Mail.

"I love Manchester [United]," he says. "Everyone knows that. I have said it many times.

"Manchester is in my heart. I left many good friends there, the supporters are amazing and I wish I can come back one day.

"I am happy in Real Madrid and have four more years [on his contract], but in the future you never know because they treated me unbelievably there. I really did love being at Manchester United."

Ronaldo went on to back United to bounce back from a troubled spell since Sir Alex Ferguson retired as the club's manager in May 2013.

Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao were among a host of star names to arrive at United in this summer's transfer window and Ronaldo is certain their revival is imminent.

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"Believe me, they will be a good team again, I'm sure of it. It is a great club," he added. "This can happen. Bad moments and good moments. Manchester is passing through a bad moment. Last year it was a horrible season and this year they haven't started well, either.

"I do think they did well to buy Di Maria and Falcao. I think the team will be much better. I want to see them better because it is such a fantastic club and they deserve to be better. Falcao is a very good signing. He is a very good player. He will be a fantastic buy."

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