Alex Ferguson took matters into his own hands on Wednesday, calling Cristiano Ronaldo to ask him if he was interested in rejoining Manchester United, according to Fifa agent Francois Gallardo.
The former Red Devils manager still holds a close relationship with Ronaldo and it was reported that Manchester United had asked him to help broker a deal to bring him back to Old Trafford.
Ferguson was in charge when Ronaldo was sold to Real Madrid for £80 million in 2009 but it is widely accepted that Manchester United officials now regret letting their star player go.
Now there is genuine hope that they can bring Ronaldo, 29, back to Manchester United. However, it will take some convincing and a lot of money to do it.
Luckily, Manchester United could call on one of Ronaldo's role models in Ferguson. Apparently, Fergie called Ronaldo on Wednesday to discuss a potential transfer, but was told by the player himself that a return is down to agent Jorge Mendes.
Ronaldo also reiterated his happiness at the Bernabeu to president Perez on Thursday.
Gallardo is quoted on Le 10 Sport as saying: "On Wednesday, Cristiano received a call from Ferguson . He said he was happy to Real Madrid , but the whole operation depends on Jorge Mendes.
"On Thursday Cristiano notified Perez that he wants to stay at Real Madrid."
Speculation around a possible return to Old Trafford for Ronaldo has been gathering pace ever since the player openly question Florentino Perez's decisions. The Real Madrid president sold both Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria in the summer, leaving Ronaldo unhappy in the Spanish capital.
Most of the British press reported on Friday morning that a £140 million package would be required to land Ronaldo. That includes a £20 million-a-year contract and a £60 million transfer fee to Real Madrid.
However, Ronaldo is still someway short of becoming Real Madrid's record goal scorer, which is believed to be a main aim for the Portugal legend. So far he has scored 264 goals in just 254 matches but requires another 59 to break that record.
Realistically, Ronaldo will need most of next season as well as this season to surpass that statistic, meaning he would be well into his thirties before a potential exit from Real Madrid could become possible.
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