David De Gea has expressed his desire to see Cristiano Ronaldo return to Manchester United but concedes that any potential deal to bring the Portuguese back to Old Trafford would prove difficult to negotiate.
Former Red Devils favourite Ronaldo has been at the centre of a seemingly never-ending transfer saga of late, with no shortage of speculation suggesting that he could be set to go back to Old Trafford following four successful years at Real Madrid.
Such a move would reunite the 29-year-old with former Bernabeu teammate Angel di Maria, although it remains to be seen if there is a realistic chance of it ever coming to fruition with Ronaldo obviously an integral part of Carlo Ancelotti's first-team squad in the Spanish capital.
De Gea wish
Like a number of Manchester United players, De Gea is obviously excited about the possibility of lining up alongside the reigning Ballon d'Or winner - although he does not sound entirely confident that an agreement for Ronaldo's services can be reached.
"Of course I would like Cristiano Ronaldo to come to Manchester United. But I think it's difficult," the Spanish international told Goal.
That difficulty would presumably relate to the financial implications of any transfer - United would supposedly have to pay at least £80 million - and the fact that the player only opted to extend his stay at Real by an extra five years last September.
While some continue to focus almost solely on the future of Ronaldo, De Gea has received several plaudits from many Manchester United supporters for his consistently impressive performances under Louis van Gaal.
The former Atletico Madrid youngster - who first moved to English football from the Vicente Calderon in 2011 - was in particularly inspired form during Sunday's nervy 2-1 home win over Everton, saving a penalty from the usually reliable Leighton Baines and also making two significant late stops from Leon Osman and Bryan Oviedo to make sure sure of three points.
De Gea's rise to prominence at Manchester United is a pretty remarkable tale when you consider that he struggled badly with the physicality of the Premier League during his early days at the club.
The 23-year-old will be hoping that he can continue to impress under Van Gaal, not least so he can stake a claim to become Spain's number one with question marks continuing to hang over the future of Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina and Victor Valdes both out injured.