Cristiano Ronaldo has played in the Champions League for the past 19 seasons, but if he stays at Manchester United next season, he will miss out on the competition; the 37-year-old insists he is “quite happy” at Old Trafford and believes the squad will improve under new manager Erik Ten Hag.
Cristiano Ronaldo has stated that he is “extremely glad” to remain at Old Trafford and feels that Manchester United will improve under new manager Erik ten Hag after a disastrous season in 2012/13.
Last summer, 12 years after leaving United for Real Madrid, Ronaldo returned to the club and scored 24 goals in 38 games to end as the club’s best scorer in all competitions.
While the 37-year-old had a solid season in front of goal, United finished sixth in the Premier League and failed to win a trophy for the fifth consecutive season.
Ronaldo has appeared in the Champions League for 19 consecutive seasons, and United’s inability to qualify for the competition has sparked rumors that he may depart Old Trafford for the second time.
“I was pleased, of course, to be back in a club that truly raised my career, so it was wonderful, the feeling when I came back again,” Ronaldo said in an interview with the club. It was wonderful to sense the enthusiasm of the supporters; their joy was palpable.
“I was and still am very happy to be here, and what I have to say to the fans is they are amazing. Even when we lost games, they always support us, they always are with us. The supporters are always in my heart and it’s the people that we all should respect because they are always on our side.
“For me, the most important thing is to try to win the games and try to win some championship or some cup but I believe that Manchester will be where they belong. As I say before, sometimes it takes time but I still believe.”