Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he is hoping to meet former club Manchester United in this year’s Champions League final.
The Spanish side knocked Tottenham out of the tournament on Wednesday night to set up a last-four meeting with arch-rivals Barcelona.
Success in that tie could see Real facen United in the Wembley final, if Sir Alex Ferguson’s side manage to overcome Schalke in their semi-final.
And Portugal winger Ronaldo, who spent six seasons at Old Trafford before departing for Real in a world-record £80million move in 2009, is relishing the prospect of facing his former team-mates.
“If you ask me if I want to play for Real Madrid against Manchester United in the final at Wembley then of course I will,” Ronaldo said.
“I’ve still got a lot of friends there, memories. I had six great years there but we have to play Barcelona first and then we can see what’s going on.”
Real will take on Barca four times in the space of a fortnight as the Spanish rivals go head-to-head in the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey.
Ronaldo knows it is pointless thinking ahead to a tie against United until the outcome of the semi-final is decided.
“I don’t like the word revenge, but it’s a big game for the players, the supporters and for people all over the world,” he said.
“At the moment, we are the best two teams in the world. It will make everyone in the world sit up.
“We have to believe we can do it. But that’s why I cannot think about playing Manchester United yet. We have to be fully concentrated on beating Barcelona.”
Ronaldo scored the only goal of the game against Spurs on Tuesday, sealing a five-goal aggregate victory.
The 26-year-old admits he was expecting more from Harry Redknapp’s side after their Bernabeu defeat.
He added: “To be honest, I expected Tottenham to come at us more in the first 15 or 20 minutes.
“We expected pressure and then when they didn’t it made it easier. They had to score so we played without pressure.”