Ronaldo ‘turns down’ Real contract extension

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United could be back on the cards after the Real Madrid forward turned down the offer of a new contract at the Bernabeu, according to the Metro.

The Portuguese international has two years left on his current deal with the La Liga giants, but is said to have rejected the chance to extend his deal by a further three years.

Madrid president Florentino Perez this week declared that he was confident Ronaldo would remain at the club, which he joined in 2009, for the rest of his career despite continuing reports that the player is unhappy.

Paris Saint Germain have also been previously linked with a move for the former United man, whilst there has also been talk of a possible move to Chelsea following their reappointment of Jose Mourinho as manager though it is United who are favourites with the bookmakers.

Meanwhile, the Express understand that United have joined the race to sign Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic.
The 23 year old Montenegrin international, who is valued at around £25 million, has been a long term target for both Arsenal and Juventus.

Elsewhere, Rene Meulensteen has revealed that he is still a Manchester United employee, following reports that he has left the club.

The Dutchman, who has been first team coach at United since 2007, has been strongly linked with the manager’s position at Wigan Athletic.