Spanish expert Graham Hunter has dismissed today's rumours that Cristiano Ronaldo could complete a stunning return to Manchester United.
As reported by talkSPORT, speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show, Hunter claimed that Ronaldo wouldn't take the risk of joining Manchester United without Sir Alex Ferguson in charge and without guarenteed Champions League football for next season.
The Red Devils, of course, have to make it through a play-off round to secure their place in Europe's elite competition, while Hunter has insisted that Real have no plans to replace the Portuguese superstar.
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“In the last two seasons Ronaldo scored 112 goals for Real Madrid - there is no strategy to replace him,” said Hunter.
“If they are saying ‘no’ to Sergio Ramos leaving, how do you think Perez is going to react to Ronaldo [asking to leave]? I don’t see how it is going to happen.
“More than that, Manchester should be in the Champions League next season but they face a play-off and that play-off finishes four, five days before the market closes.
"Is Ronaldo the type of player to say 'I would love to go back to Manchester United so much, even without Alex Ferguson, if there is any possibility of me ending up in the Europa League?' I’d say no.”
Return may never happen
Let's be honest, every single year without fail, Ronaldo is linked with a return to Old Trafford, but it's now seemingly unlikely that he will ever return to Manchester.
Of course, he'd make a remarkable coup for the Red Devils, but the United hierarchy may well be better off focussing on the array of talent they already have at the club.
The likes of Angel di Maria, Memphis Depay and Co. can all act as the club's main men in the upcoming season, but it's surely impossible Ronaldo will arrive.
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