Portuguese ace interrupts domestic suspension for Champions League action amid talk of return to Man United
CRISTIANO RONALDO was back for training today after battling colossal tax fraud allegations.
The Real Madrid ace interrupted a domestic suspension, having sat out the poor 1-1 draw with Levante on Saturday.
But he did so amid growing speculation he’s engineering a move back to Manchester United.
Ronaldo hired Jose Mourinho’s lawyer, Jose Antonio Choclan, in the hope they’ll wriggle him out of the legal suit.
And while being quizzed by a Spanish court, Ronaldo was heard to say: “I never had problems like these in England.”
Boss Zinedine Zidane, however, wants the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to concentrate on football, as he prepares to get Real’s Champions League defence underway.
They face APOEL at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.
Probed about the strain investigations could have had, Zidane insisted Ronnie is fully focused.
Zidane said: “Cristiano is focused on what he needs to do. He’s delighted to be back playing. It’s what he loves to do. He’s mentally very well, as well as physically.
“We are happy to have him back. He’s good and we’re happy to get him back on the pitch.”
Ronaldo’s five-game ban from a straight red in the Super Cup final means he still misses a further three La Liga ties.
His suspension includes Sunday’s with Real Sociedad, although is eligible for the Champions League.
The French coach, though, rubbished suggestions Madrid will lean too heavily on their main man in their quest for a record third Champions League trophy.
Laughing off the quip Madrid have ‘Cristianodependencia’, he scoffed: “You know very well who Cristiano is.
“We can’t talk about dependency, but I’d rather always have him.
“Cristiano does not only give you goals, he is a very important player to have on the pitch. He always wants us to win and he feeds that to the others.”
Zidane hinted he would account for the injured Karim Benzema, who limped off after half an hour in the weekend’s draw.
He’ll also keep tabs on Asienso’s foot complaint, but confirmed Raphael Varane has “completely recovered” from the abductor injury which saw him miss Madrid’s last two games.
“We can do a lot with this squad,” he added. “We’ll have a lot of games and I’ll need to rotate. That won’t change. These are my players and I won’t change what I want to do.
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“Tomorrow you’ll see how we play. We might go with something new in Benzema’s absence – you never know. I know what we’ll do.
“Varane is fine. Asensio we’ll evaluate. Mayoral will be in the squad tomorrow.
“We have a tremendous motivation and hunger to do well in the competition. We’ll play against a side with a lot of motivation too and we’ll see how it goes.”