There remains more than just a strong whiff of doubt over whether or not Cristiano Ronaldo will be returning to Manchester United anytime soon, but Real Madrid are steadily preparing for his exit, according to Spanish sources.
Newspaper El Confidencial is today speculating that Los Blancos are considering the future of their superstar, despite the fact that he remains arguably the best player on the planet. The fact stands that Ronaldo is 29, meaning that his peak years will soon make the transition into being the twilight of his career.
Ronaldo deal possible?
And, on the back of rumours over discontent due to the sale of Angel di Maria, the mainstream media has latched onto the idea that Ronaldo may yet return to Old Trafford before his ability to reign supreme on a football pitch is exhausted due to age. Indeed it’s a notion that El Confidencial agrees with, with reports from the paper claiming that Madrid chiefs believe that the Portuguese forward will eventually angle for a move back to Manchester.
The root of the problem still focuses around Ronaldo’s annoyance at Florentino Perez’s decision to let Di Maria join his old club, and consequently pick up his old No.7 shirt, with Perez equally as irked by Ronaldo’s decision to publicly reveal his opinions on the transfer.
Plainly put the current situation has left many fans on tenterhooks, with the United faithful steadily beginning to hope beyond all hope that their former golden boy will once more take to the field in a Red Devils shirt.
What’s more, the powers that be at the Santiago Bernabeu are acutely aware that Ronaldo won’t be around forever, regardless of how effortlessly he fires in goals at the moment. His recent knee problems have highlighted the toll his rigorous regime is taking on his body, and a recurrence of that injury this term will certainly have Madrid bosses worried.
As for the player himself Ronaldo has never been afraid to declare his love for United, and his most recent comments have sparked rumours which insist he wants to play for the club again before he hangs up his boots.
The fee United would have to pay would be astronomical given the fact he signed a new five-year deal at the Bernabeu only last September, but chief executive Ed Woodward revealed only earlier this summer that the money was available to break world-records to land players if need be.