Alex Ferguson relishing return of Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid

Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo wanted to leave in 2008 but was persuaded to stay on for another 12 months and he believes his contribution will be recognised by the club's supporters, who still sing the forward's name. Ronaldo for his part said he still talked to Ferguson and missed him, the club and the northwest English city, describing it as "like a family".

updated: December 21, 2012 23:04 IST
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Manchester: Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson on Friday said he was sure that Cristiano Ronaldo will receive an impressive reception when he returns to Old Trafford for the first time with Real Madrid.

United were on Thursday drawn to play the Spanish champions in one of the ties of the last 16 of the Champions League, with the match given added interest because of Ronaldo's status as a former club favourite.

The 27-year-old Portugal captain left United for the Santiago Bernabeu in an £80 million ($130 million, 98 million euro) deal in 2009 after a successful six-year spell that saw United win three Premier League titles and the Champions League.

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