Cristiano Ronaldo has set his sights on a return to Manchester United once he has broken the Real Madrid goalscoring record currently held by Los Blancos legend Raul.
The Portuguese superstar is determined to be remembered as the greatest player in Real Madrid history, and in order to do so needs to surpass the former Spain striker's haul of 323 goals.
Ronaldo's current record of 257 goals in just 252 games means he is already in sight of Raul's record, and if he maintains his current strike rate then he should eclipse his former team-mate early next season, paving way for a possible departure from the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2016.
Real Madrid would be unwilling to sell the 29-year-old before then anyway, particularly after Ronaldo penned a lucrative five-year deal just 12 months ago, keeping him contracted to the Spanish club until 2018.
The former Red Devils star has enjoyed unrivalled success since first moving to Madrid in a record €94 million deal in 2009, winning six major trophies - including La Liga and the Champions League - along the way.
In more recent times Ronaldo has seemingly grown frustrated by certain player sales, prompting rumours of a possible return to Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal.
"Cristiano talks about United all the time," a source close to the player told Goal.com. "The club had a difficult time last season, but he expects them to return to the top very soon.
"He is seduced by the idea of finishing his career at Old Trafford. He has great memories - it was his happiest time as a footballer."
However, Manchester United supporters might be forced to wait for another 18 months at least to give their former No.7 chance to secure his status as Real Madrid's all-time record goalscorer.
"Cristiano loves Madrid and always dreamed of playing for Real," the source added. "Now he wants to go down in history as their greatest-ever player. And he can do that by scoring more goals than anyone else - and in fewer games as well."
Future is bright
Manchester United dealt with Real Madrid during the summer window to negotiate the £59.7 million British record transfer of Angel di Maria - a player that Ronaldo is a big fan of, and could play a part in the Portugal international's prospective Premier League return.
He first joined the Red Devils as a teenager and has made no secret of the connection he still feels with the club, retaining a close relationship with recently-retired manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ronaldo also enjoys hero status among the Old Trafford supporters, and would be welcomed back with open arms as fans look towards an exciting future in the post-Ferguson era under the new stewardship of experienced tactician Van Gaal.