Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is "100% certain" that Cristiano Ronaldo won't be rejoining Manchester United next summer, despite the wishes of Red Devils fans desperate to see their former hero finish his career at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo quite staggering start to the season has only served to heighten speculation that United would jump at the chance to bring the Portuguese superstar back to the Theatre of Dreams, so it's no surprise that Ancelotti was forced to discuss the future of his talisman after Saturday's 5-0 win over Levante.
Ancelotti is in no doubt
Ancelotti believes Ronaldo is well aware of his lofty position at the Santiago Bernabeu and is on course to spend the rest of his playing days, a position backed up by a quite astonishing £790m release clause.
When asked by The Sun if Madrid were too reliant on Ronaldo the Los Blancos boss said: “Of course Ronaldo-dependence exists. If Real lose Ronaldo they lose a player that scores in all the matches.
“Everyone can be changed and substituted but Ronaldo is now the best in the world and it means Madrid lose the best player which is a huge loss.
“But this won’t happen. Because Ronaldo will go to the end of his career at Real Madrid. I’m 100 per cent certain he will be here next season not at Manchester United — 100 per cent.”
'Perfect Realtionship' not under threat'
You could be forgiven for not taking Ancelotti's stance too seriously, particularly with Madrid quite happy to move on Angel di Maria, Xabi Alonso and Mesut Ozil over the last year or so.
Quite possibly because of this Ancelotti was asked if he could be wrong about Ronaldo's long-term future and offered a quite jovial response.
"No, no, ha, ha. I’m 100 per cent certain.
“Because he’s happy here, he’s loved here by everyone. The club is happy to have the best player in the world.
“It’s a perfect relationship at this moment so I don’t think it will change. Ronaldo will finish his career here.”
Records just keep on tumbling
Even by Ronaldo's own high standards it's been a quite remarkable first two months of the season.
The 29-year-old has scored 15 times in just seven league games this season, breaking a La Liga record despite missing a match in the process.
English fans will get a chance to see the Ballon d'Or winner back in the North West this week, with Madrid taking on Liverpool at Anfield in a mouth-watering Champions League showdown.
That promises to the exception rather than the rule if Ancelotti's to be believed though, so enjoy a top-class player at the very peak of his powers while you still can.