Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has confirmed that he thinks it is 'possible' that Cristiano Ronaldo could return to his former club.
However the Dutch boss did concede that Real Madrid would likely be reluctant to sell their star player any time soon.
The news is likely to delight Manchester United fans after a week of non-stop speculation about the Portuguese ace potentially returning to Old Trafford having left for a record £80 million in 2009.
It has been suggested that Ronaldo is unhappy at Real Madrid and could seek to leave the club sooner rather than later, while his agent Jorge Mendes is believed to be keen on facilitating his move to Manchester United after falling out with Madrid president Florentino Perez over a move for Radamel Falcao.
The Colombian eventually ended up joining Manchester United alongside another of Mendes' clients, Angel di Maria, and he could look to complete the set and move Ronaldo to Old Trafford.
When quizzed about potentially re-singing Ronaldo at a press conference today, the Manchester United boss responded: "It is possible".
He added: "Players like Ronaldo give a lot extra to selection or to a team but I don’t think Real Madrid shall sell him."
However Chelsea could throw a spanner in the works. It is being reported that they could be lining up a £60 million move to lure him to Stamford Bridge. However his relationship with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho could be an issue - the pair don't seem to get along and Mourinho accused his countryman of scuppering Real Madrid's hopes of winning the Champions League in 2012.
Ronaldo is currently a year into a five year contract with Real Madrid, where he is the highest paid player in the world of football. As Van Gaal alludes to Madrid are highly unlikely to allow their star asset to move anytime soon, although at 29 and with a recent history of knee injuries he may not be as untouchable as he was before.
The winger alluded to the fact that he would like to return to Manchester United in the future during a recent interview while declaring his love for the club.
'I love Manchester,’ he said. ‘Everyone knows that — I have said it many times. Manchester is in my heart. I left many good friends there, the supporters are amazing and I wish I can come back one day.’