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Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has warned potential suitors that Cristiano Ronaldo does not want to play as a striker.

The Portuguese is seemingly happy at Real Madrid after holding talks with President Florentino Perez, shortly after deciding he wanted to leave the Spanish capital due to accusations of tax fraud.

But United are one of the clubs that have been linked with a summer swoop for Ronaldo as Jose Mourinho looks to reshape the forward line after the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Ferdinand himself suggested on social media he would welcome Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford.

But although the former defender believes Ronaldo’s style has evolved since his days in Manchester, he would not solve United’s striking deficiences.

Ferdinand told Goal: “I don’t think he really wants to play as a No.9 because he can be tied down there and he can be left a bit isolated.

“He likes being able to come from the wide areas where he gets a little bit of space and that’s where he can do his magic.

“But he used to stand out wide and want to get the ball and take people on. He’s not that player no more.

“He wants to get the ball in areas where he can hurt teams and have end product, which is goals or assists, and at the moment there’s no better man on the planet doing that.”

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