Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo could make a Manchester United return, but not for another two years, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.
Ronaldo, who has been continually linked with a return to the club which he joined as a teenager, is reported to be willing to make the switch. But Balague believes that Real Madrid have 'no intention' of selling their star man this January or in the summer.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "People want this to happen in January, if possible. It’s not going to happen. In the summer? I don’t think it’s going to happen. Real Madrid have got no intention whatsoever of selling Cristiano Ronaldo next summer.
“In two years’ time I would say yes, that is possibly the time when he will be 31 going on 32, for Real Madrid to say: ‘OK, if we can cash in on him, brilliant. He has done a lot for us, but that’s it, time to move on. I don’t think it’s going to happen this summer. People will have to be a little bit more patient.”
Ronaldo left Manchester for Madrid in a then world record fee of £80million back in 2009. Having joined United as an 18-year-old, the Portuguese went on from being a one-trick-pony to becoming the best player in the world. With three Premier League titles, one UEFA Champions League and one Club World Cup, the 29-year-old spent six trophy laden years at Old Trafford in total.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti was quick to refute any claims of the Spanish side selling their most prized asset. "He is the best player in the world, without doubt, and has been for a long time," Ancelotti said.
"He has been showing great professionalism, character and leadership. We must enjoy him and do everything to keep him in this physical and mental condition -- as he will help us to win trophies."
Disillusioned and fed up
Former Madrid president Ramon Calderon made a few comments about the player being 'disillusioned' and 'fed up' by current president Florentino Perez's transfer policy, which had been tipped as a possible catalyst for him to leave the club.
Manchester United fans' stunt
On top of that a United supporters group organised a banner that read 'COME HOME RONALDO - UNITED REEL' and flew it over Madrid's game against Villarreal at the Estadio el Madrigal.
Ronaldo didn't give away anything through his facial expressions as he saw the plane fly over the stadium. Although the former United man was on target in Real's 2-0 win and registered his 8th goal in three games.
I'm staying, claims Ronaldo.
Ronaldo himself wants to stay at the Spanish capital after commenting on the whole situation.
“I'll be here five more years,” he said at the time.
“I just want to win trophies for this club.
“I will be honest with you – everyone knows I was in Manchester for six years, but Manchester is in the past. Now my club is Real Madrid. This is my home, my family is here and I'm really happy here."
Real Madrid record
It looks like Ronaldo is adamant in his pursuit of becoming Madrid's all time leading goal scorer. With 264 goals in 254 games, Ronaldo's record is already phenomenal.
The Ballon d'Or winner is within touching distance of current leading scorer and former Madrid player and legend Raul. The ex-United man will certainly be hoping to end his Madrid career by entering the history books.