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Ronaldo ponders PSG and Man City predicament

Brazilian forward Ronaldo, who is battling to regain full fitness, has received an offer to join Paris Saint-Germain but has also not ruled out a future partnership with Robinho at Manchester City.

The three-time FIFA World Player of the Year is recovering from a career-threatening knee injury with Campeonato Brasileiro side Flamengo and is poised to take a full part in Monday's training session.

Ronaldo sustained the injury eight months ago while playing in Serie A for Milan but was released by the Italian club this summer; as a free agent the 32-year-old can be signed outside of the transfer window.

PSG are reportedly keen to acquire his services but City's interest is thought to have diminished since the arrival of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan at Eastlands.

"Paris is a city that I love and they have a great project to win the league title," admitted Ronaldo in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport.

"However, at (Manchester) City I have Robinho, who is a great friend of mine.

"But we will see, in the past few days we have spoken.

"For the time being, my only aim is to return to playing, the rest will follow."

The 32-year-old also has an option to remain at Flamengo.

"There's a great bond between Flamengo and me," said Ronaldo. "It's the team I love.

"It's true that they would want me to stay. But this will remain a great dream because at this time I have no intention of making a decision."

The former Barcelona and Real Madrid star hopes that the worst is over and he can now focus on doing what he loves best.

"I am training hard and I am really looking forward to playing again," he said.

"I've started to train with the ball and practising with some team-mates.

"I don't have much strength in my muscles yet but the knee doesn't give me any pain, which is the most important thing.

"One thing is clear, if I didn't have a profound love for football, I would not be here making all these sacrifices."


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