Manchester United midfielder Zoran Tosic claims Cristiano Ronaldo told team-mates he was leaving before the UEFA Champions League final.
Ronaldo and co slugged it out with Barcelona in the Champions League final on 20th May, a match The Red Devils lost 2-0 in Rome.
The match had been tipped by many as being Ronaldo's last for United following a hugely successful six seasons at Old Trafford.
It was not long after the match that Real Madrid agreed a blockbuster £80million deal for his servives, but Tosic claims the players knew what would be happening.
New challenge"He told us he had won all the awards and he wanted to try something else," Tosic said of Ronaldo's plans. "I don't know if he had already signed for Real Madrid.
"He is going to again be the best player in the world. Last season he scored 42 goals, this time 27. And they all said it's his worst season because it was not enough. In Madrid he will be the best again."
Tosic has made just three first-team appearances for the Championship since joining from Partizan Belgrade in January, but hopes to play more with Ronaldo set to depart.
"Cristiano was the best player in the team and so someone will come in to take his place. I hope I will get the chance," he concluded.