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Real Madrid hope £76M contract will stop Ronaldo pining for Man Utd return

Real Madrid hope a new bank-busting contract offer to Cristiano Ronaldo will end all talk of a return to Manchester United. The Mail on Sunday says Real Madrid will offer Ronaldo a five-year deal worth 90million euros (over £76m) to make him the world's best-paid footballer and ensure he stays with the Spanish giants.

The package would see him earning almost twice as much a season as Gareth Bale and is a calculated move aimed at soothing Ronaldo's bruised ego after he lost the mantle of the world's most expensive player to the £86m Welshman.

It would also all but end Manchester United's hopes of persuading Ronaldo to return to Old Trafford. United want Ronaldo to sit tight on his current deal, which runs out in 2015, and then move for a massive £50m signing-on fee in two years' time.

Ronaldo will be pressured to put pen to paper in the coming weeks and is understood to be happy in the Spanish capital but still not entirely convinced about committing his long-term future to Real.

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