Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that he would love to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club.
The Real Madrid superstar left Old Trafford for Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, joining the La Liga giants in an £80 million move.
And, whilst Ferguson admits it’s unlikely that the Portuguese superstar would make the move back to the Premier League, he hasn’t given up hope completely.
“You never know. I don't know when his contract finishes. He may want to go to another club at some point in his career and I'd hope he would want to come here. But that's a long way off,” said the Scot, according to The Daily Mail.
“I'd love to see that, but it's fanciful thinking really. First of all, how much it would take to get him from Real Madrid and, secondly, I don't think there's any chance they would want to sell him.”
Ronaldo is set to make his first return to Manchester United in the Champions League next year, with Los Blancos drawn against the Red Devils in the last 16 of the competition.
The winger certainly has fond memories of his time with the current Premier League leaders however, and if speculation in Spain that the player is unhappy do come to fruition, a return to United would certainly seem to be amongst the options available to Ronaldo.
“It is thanks to Manchester United that I play for Real Madrid. Without them, I wouldn't be the player I am today. I still speak with Sir Alex Ferguson. I miss him a lot and I miss Manchester United,” he said, according to the paper.
“I felt very good there, it was like a family. I had six great years there and am still friends with my team-mates.”
During his time with United, Ronaldo won three domestic titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups and a Champions League trophy.