Cristiano Ronaldo believes Manchester United should allow him to join Real Madrid due to the loyalty he has shown.

A source close to the player told the News of the World: "Cristiano will make an impassioned plea to United and claim he deserves to be allowed to follow his dream of playing for Real Madrid.

"He'll try to persuade them that the commitment he has shown, the level of performances he has produced and the trophies he has won are more than enough to allow him the opportunity to leave.

"Cristiano does not want to leave under a cloud. He wants to leave on good terms with United's blessing."