Manchester United have first refusal on unsettled Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo - from the player himself.Record says Ronaldo has told United manager Sir Alex Ferguson he will get first option to re-sign him when he chooses to leave Real.

The agreement was struck when the Portuguese first moved to Madrid three years ago - and the odds of a return to Old Trafford are now tumbling.

Ronaldo is keen for United to make a bid for him after deciding not to consider any new contract offer at Real.

He has told friends he wants to return to where he feels "highly protected" in reference to United and Ferguson.