Match of the Day host Gary Lineker has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United was completed in his garden.
Ronaldo moved back to Old Trafford on transfer deadline day in a £20million deal with Serie A giants Juventus, 12 years after he departed for Real Madrid for a then world-record fee.
United announced they had agreed a fee with Juve on the Friday before deadline day, with the deal finally completed on the final day of business.
The Portuguese superstar signed a two-year contract to return to Manchester, with his deal containing the option of an extra year.
And Lineker has now disclosed that the final negotiations on the part of United were conducted in his garden.
The former Barcelona striker is a neighbour and close friend of United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who led the talks on the part of United.
It appears that negotiations were still taking place on deadline day, with Lineker now claiming Woodward discussed the deal with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes while at the presenter’s house.
“I'll put my cards on the table – Ed Woodward is a good friend of mine and lives next door,” Lineker told the Match of the Day Top 10 podcast.
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“He signed Cristiano Ronaldo when he was in my garden! It was awesome. When he walked in he was on the phone to Jorge Mendes – I hope I'm not giving too much away!
“I have a fantastic picture of him sat on the phone to him which I might share one day with his permission.”
So far, the move has worked out remarkably well, with Ronaldo immediately adapting back to life in England.
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The 36-year-old has scored five goals in his first six games since returning to United, helping them to a top four spot in the Premier League heading into the season’s second international break.
United will hope that he returns in similar form from that break, with Ronaldo set to captain Portugal in a friendly against Qatar and a World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg.
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