Gareth Bale to Manchester United: Real Madrid star discusses Old Trafford links

Gladys Abbott
July 17, 2017

Ronaldo will not take part in Real Madrid's pre-season in the U.S., which starts on July 23 against Manchester United, but is expected to join the team in August after his post-confederations cup holidays end.

The 18-year-old Monaco starlet has attracted interest from around Europe after playing a fundamental role in their Ligue 1 title success last season. The ankle feels strong and I'm ready.

Ronaldo, who had been linked with a return to Manchester United, has remained silent on his future since then and it remains to be seen if Real's all-time record goalscorer will line up for Zinedine Zidane's men at the start of the coming season.

"I don't watch a lot of football but I know that he's a good player and if he comes it's because he's had a great season and hopefully he can help the team".

The truth is I do not read [transfer speculation].

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"It was bad luck, you can not avoid these injuries in football, when you knock your ankle". My goal now is to get back fully fit and keep playing for Real Madrid.

"I'm going to try and have my best season."

Gareth Bale is hoping to enjoy better luck with his fitness this season. I have no clue about what's going to happen. Look, I only found out yesterday that (Romelu) Lukaku has signed for Manchester United.

When pressed on whether he expects Ronaldo to stay, he added: "Well, you'll have to ask him". The right-back won four league titles and two UEFA Champions League crowns.

Meanwhile, Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal told RMTV that "suffering" under old-school fitness coach Antonio Pintus would be worth it in the long run as they prepare for the UEFA Super Cup against United in Skopje on August 9 and the two-legged Spanish Supercopa against Barcelona the following week. "These weeks are all about suffering". "I think that is the thing that he learnt in the a year ago. he was ready to be Cristiano Ronaldo when we needed, in the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals".

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