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'It is his choice' – Cristiano Ronaldo's future at Man Utd next season hinted at by Portugal boss Fernando Santos

PORTUGAL boss Fernando Santos says Cristiano Ronaldo's future at Manchester United is "his choice".

The 37-year-old is seemingly set to stay at Old Trafford this summer despite last season's poor Premier League finish.


United only managed to secure Europa League football for next term, finishing sixth behind Arsenal and Tottenham.

Ronaldo's international manager Santos is keen to not get caught up in the speculation surrounding his Portugal captain.

Santos insists "it's a personal choice".

He added: "I’ve said it many times, Cristiano is the best player in the world.

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“The choice to stay at Manchester United is his choice, it’s not for me to say.

“It’s a personal choice. What I do know is that there are few who have the opportunity to play for Manchester United.”

Ronaldo's "personal choice" appears to be a stay at United and see out the final year of his contract.

United's Player of the Year said: "I was happy of course, to be back in a club that really raised my career so it was unbelievable, the feeling when I came back again, it was nice to feel the supporters, the happiness of them was great.

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"I was and still am very happy to be here.

"And what I have to say to the fans is they are amazing even when you lost games they always support us, they always are with us, the supporters are always in my heart and it's the people that we all should respect because they are always on our side.

"For me, the most important thing is to try to win the games and try to win some championship or some cup but I believe that Manchester will be where they belong.

"As I say before, sometimes it takes time but I still believe."

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