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Manchester United are keen as Cristiano Ronaldo declares he's determined to leave Real

By Graham Luney

Manchester United have been put on red alert after reports that Cristiano Ronaldo has indicated a desire to leave Real Madrid.

Ronaldo has reportedly told his Portugal team-mates that he is "determined" to walk away from the Spanish giants and "there is no going back".

The 31-year-old, who is currently on international duty with Portugal for the Confederations Cup, has been left angered at his treatment by Spanish tax authorities and now wishes to leave the country. Ronaldo (right) is the subject of a lawsuit brought by Spanish prosecutors over tax that they believe he should have paid on image rights income.

The winger is being accused of defrauding nearly €15m from the taxpayer.

Real Madrid issued a statement fully supporting the player, claiming they were "absolutely convinced of his innocence", but Ronaldo is unsatisfied with the club over their attempts to defend him on the matter.

As such, the forward has made clear his position to Florentino Perez, the Real Madrid president, and is now "determined" to leave Spain.

"I'm leaving Madrid, I'm determined. There's no turning back," Ronaldo is quoted as saying by Marca.

The world's top clubs are ready to scramble for Ronaldo's signature including his former club United, who want to be title challengers again. With the collapse of their move for Antoine Griezmann and Andrea Belotti proving too expensive, Ronaldo could be the perfect tonic for Jose Mourinho.

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