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Ronaldo: I still love United
Cristiano Ronaldo has boosted Manchester United’s hopes of re-signing him by admitting he still “loves” the club that gave him the platform to become one of the world’s greatest players. But Real Madrid star Ronaldo’s enduring affection for United will not stop him from trying to dump them out of the Champions League in the last 16 – the first leg is in the Bernabeu on February 13. Ronaldo, who left United in a world-record £80million deal in 2009 to fulfil his dream of playing for Real, said: “I still have such great feelings of friendship and love for them. They’re a team that have done a lot for my career. The fans know me well and I have a lot of friends there I keep close to my heart. Now I am defending Real Madrid’s colours. I want to score, and for us to win.”
In more transfer speculation, The Sun claims Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson wants his dad Sir Alex to loan him Nick Powell. The former Crewe midfielder, who has made six first team appearances since joining the Reds last summer, could follow in the footsteps of current teammates Ryan Tunnicliffe and Scott Wootton by moving to London Road on a temporary basis.
Elsewhere, Rio Ferdinand features in many of today’s papers, most prominently in The Telegraph, stating his belief that United's title ambitions rest on his side ignoring rivals Manchester City and “keeping our own house in order” after conceding there was too much focus on Mancunian rivalry last campaign – a story first published by ManUtd.com.