Ronaldo considers Manchester City switch

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Brazilian forward Ronaldo has not ruled out a future partnership with Robinho at Manchester City but admits his first aim is to return to full fitness.

The three-time Fifa World Player of the Year is poised to take a full part in Monday's training session with Flamengo having recovered from a career-threatening knee injury sooner than expected.

Ronaldo sustained the injury eight months ago while playing for AC Milan and since becoming a free agent in the summer, he can be picked up for no transfer fee.

Paris St Germain are reportedly keen to acquire his services but City are understood to be no longer interested 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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