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Cristiano Ronaldo told by Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti to put Manchester United move on ice

By Pete Jensen and Ian Herbert

Published 27/06/2013

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25:  Madame Tussauds New York launches a Cristiano Ronaldo wax figure on June 25, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds New York)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Madame Tussauds New York launches a Cristiano Ronaldo wax figure on June 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds New York)
Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo talks to the media during a press conference in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. Ronaldo agreed to be the ambassador for Mangrove Care Forum Bali. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, right, and soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo gesture for photographers during a tree-planting event in a mangrove forest at Tanjung Benoa bay, Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. Ronaldo agreed to be the ambassador for Mangrove Care Forum Bali. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, right, and soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, left, are seen during a tree-planting event in a mangrove forest at Tanjung Benoa bay in Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. Ronaldo agreed to be the ambassador for Mangrove Care Forum Bali. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Madame Tussauds New York launches a Cristiano Ronaldo wax figure on June 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds New York)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Madame Tussauds New York launches a Cristiano Ronaldo wax figure on June 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds New York)
Cristiano Ronaldo's contract with Real Madrid expires in 2015
File photo dated 06/04/2009 of Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo with manager Sir Alex Ferguson during a press conference at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester
Cristiano Ronaldo scores against Lyons at Old Trafford
Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United's Patrice Evra, left, celebrates with Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring the seventh goal against Roma during their Champions League quarter final second-leg match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Tuesday April 10, 2007.
Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring against Roma during their Champions League quarter final second-leg soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Tuesday April 10, 2007
AC Milan's goalkeeper Dida, left, tries to keep out the goal scored by Cristiano Ronaldo, out of picture, during their Champions League semi final first-leg at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Tuesday April 24, 2007.
Man United's Cristiano Ronaldo, center, scores the fifth goal against Roma during their Champions League match at Old Trafford
Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo controls the ball during a training session at the team's Carrington training ground in Manchester, England, Monday Oct. 1, 2007, to prepare for their forthcoming Champions League soccer match against Roma.

Carlo Ancelotti declared he was looking forward to coaching Cristiano Ronaldo in his presentation as the new Real Madrid coach, as the Spanish broadsheet El Pais reported that the striker has been encouraged to stay at the club this year before moving back to Old Trafford as a free agent in 2015.

The Independent in London reported 10 days ago that United had made Ronaldo's camp aware that if the player sees out his contract in Spain he will be paid a signing-on fee in the region of €50m (£42m) as part of a lucrative package to take him back to the club which made him.

El Pais reported that United's proposal is with Ronaldo and that lines of communication are open between his agent, Jorge Mendes, and the club to the extent that a meeting is planned involving the two parties in the next few days.

The Spanish paper suggested that Ronaldo does not see that move back to Manchester happening this summer and that the prospect of working with Ancelotti, the former Milan, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain coach, is a further reason for him staying at Madrid for another year, as opposed to becoming part of the new United manager David Moyes' first season at Old Trafford.

It is understood that Moyes will not be involved in substantial decisions about the club until he takes up his position next Monday.

Despite speculation about Wayne Rooney's future at United, the serious talk with the new manager will start next week, when the striker is likely to be amenable to Moyes' encouragement to view his own appointment as a fresh start.

Ancelotti played his part in persuading Ronaldo to continue in Madrid. "It will be an honour for me to coach Ronaldo," he said. "It will be like it was coaching [Zinedine] Zidane, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho before," the Italian said.

Ancelotti also confirmed that Zidane would be his No 2, underlining Madrid's intention to pursue Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale – the Frenchman's favourite player – through to the end of the summer. Zidane wants the club to prioritise the signing of Bale instead of buying a striker to replace Gonzalo Higuain, who is leaving.

Zidane wants another of his favourite players, Karim Benzema, to play every game possible this season and has urged the club to use Spain Under-21 international Alvaro Morata as his understudy.

This would clear the way for Chelsea or Manchester City to sign Napoli's Edinson Cavani as Real concentrate on Bale, hoping the player puts pressure on Spurs to allow him to leave this year. City are not displaying any optimism about him signing for them, as they seek a replacement for Carlos Tevez.

Whatever happens to Bale, there will be some British influence at Real next season. Ancelotti will be assisted by Paul Clement, his old coach from his time at Chelsea and then PSG.

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