Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo seems confident he will not leave the club, stressing he is happy to be at Old Trafford as he prepares for life under new manager Erik ten Hag.
The Portuguese midfielder made a dramatic comeback at the Premier League last summer but endured a disappointing season as the Reds managed to finish sixth in the league standings.
The 37-year-old, who has one year left on his contract with United, is optimistic about the future of the club under Ten Hag.
In an interview with the team, Ronaldo said: ‘I was thrilled to be back with a team that really expanded my career. So it was unbelievable.
‘The feeling when (I come back) again, it was nice to hear the fans. Their joy is great.
‘I was – and still am – very happy to be here.’
Ronaldo finished United’s Premier League top scorer United after netting 18 goals while the Red Devils missed a Champions League match but said he was still determined by the new campaign.
The striker also believes United will return ‘where they can’.
“I believe Manchester will be where it belongs,” he said. ‘As I said, sometimes it takes time but I still believe.
‘Records come in a natural way. I do not follow the records but the records follow me. So good.
‘It is still my motivation to continue. Just hard work. I still love the love of the game. And of course, Manchester and my teammates have helped me all the way so I have to thank all the people who helped Cristiano. ‘
He wished the former Ajax coach well before his stint at Old Trafford but warned fans that they should give Ten Hag time to make changes.
Ronaldo said: ‘I know that [Ten Hag] has done a good job for Ajax and that he is an experienced coach. But we need to give her time and things to change – the way she wants to.
‘I hope we will succeed. Because if you win, every Manchester will be successful too.
‘So I wish him well though. We are happy and excited – not only the players but also the fans.
‘I wish him well but let’s hope that next year we will win trophies.’
Ronaldo also said he was still committed to helping the next generation of United as he believes they are the future of the club.
‘The new generation will be the future of the team. I like to give young people opportunities because it will be the future.
‘But you have to help them also put it in the right place. Because the pressure is so great on playing in the Premier League, I believe it is the hardest league in the world