Ferguson ready to welcome back Ronaldo at Man U

Updated: May 25, 2011, 15:45 PM IST

London: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to welcome back striker Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford.

Ferguson has confided to close friend and Italian World Cup-winning boss Marcello Lippi that Ronaldo would be welcomed back at Manchester United.

Ronaldo’s relationship with manager Jose Mourinho is strained and he admits he misses Ferguson and life at Old Trafford.

According to a newspaper report, Ronaldo was forced through an 80 million pounds transfer from United to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009.

Lippi said: “Sir Alex told me he would take Ronaldo back tomorrow. We both think he is an extraordinary striker who can start on either wing, or as the sole striker and perform brilliantly.

“But the truly remarkable thing about Cristiano is that he always scores.”

Ronaldo has enjoyed a great season breaking the all-time La Liga record with 40 goals. He hit 51 in all, a Real record.