Manchester United must prove themselves capable of mounting a genuine challenge to win the Champions League if Cristiano Ronaldo is to seriously consider pursuing a move back to the club, it has been claimed.
Champions League return
There has been intense speculation in recent weeks that Ronaldo could leave Real Madrid for the club where he initially forged his reputation, but they must first become established in European football once again if a deal is to be done.
This is according to the Daily Express, who report that potential success in the Champions League would be a key consideration for Ronaldo were he to decide to leave Real Madrid for Manchester United.
The club have already made clear that they are capable of placating Ronaldo financially, something they have proven with Radamel Falcao, another client of Jorge Mendes. Falcao is earning around £300,000-per-week, while Ronaldo could earn a staggering £500,000-per-week.
But it would appear it will take more than just an attractive financial package for a deal to be completed.
It is claimed that Ronaldo rejected handsome proposals from both Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco because he doubted their credentials in top level European competition, and his decision to say in Madrid paid clear dividends last season.
These reports about the 29-year-old’s future were prompted by his current club’s conduct in the transfer market this summer. Although they were able to complete the notable captures of James Rodriguez and Toni Kross, it was two departures that attracted greater interest.
Angel di Maria, a key performer last season, was sold to Manchester United in a British record deal, while Xabi Alonso left for Bayern Munich despite only having signed a new contract with Los Blancos earlier this year.
These are two players greatly valued by Ronaldo and their sales, along with that of Mesut Ozil a year previously, led to his supposed frustration with the dealings of club president Florentino Perez and, thus, links to Manchester United.
Ronaldo had stayed noticeably silent as the flames have continued to be fuelled over the last month or so, but the Portugal captain has finally spoken publicly to suggest he, at the moment at least, has no intention to leave Madrid.
This is perhaps owing to his recent prolific form, having scored seven goals in his last two appearances, while the form of Manchester United, his would be suitors, has been somewhat less spectacular of late.