Louis van Gaal says Cristiano Ronaldo won't return to Manchester United

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has ruled out the possibility of signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.

The Portuguese superstar has been linked with a return to Old Trafford in recent weeks amidst reports he is unhappy with life at the Bernabeu under new boss Rafa Benitez.

The Red Devils have already brought in five new players in the current transfer window, and are expected to keep on spending as they target what Van Gaal described as more 'creative' stars, a description that Ronaldo certainly fits.


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Speaking in a wide-ranging interview with a group of journalists, Van Gaal took questions on his transfer plans for the remainder of the window as Manchester United's pre-season tour of north America continues.

When pushed about a potential move for Ronaldo, Van Gaal admitted there was a small possibility it could happen, however he conceded it was 'not possible' for the time being.

Asked about a move for Ronaldo, Van Gaal said: "He may come but it is not possible."

He added: Yeah, of course [the fans would love it]. But that's not possible. Because you have the club, Ronaldo and then you have Manchester United and how much Manchester United want to spend."

No dice

So far this summer Van Gaal has bought in five new players; Memphis Depay, Mattero Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Sergio Romero.

That group have cost Manchester United in excess of £80 million, adding to the £150 million Van Gaal spent on new players, including club record signing Angel di Maria who is set to join Paris Saint-Germain. 

However Van Gaal still doesn't feel as though he can call his current squad his own. He said: "It's not my Manchester United. Why? Because we have to look for more balance in the team and for more creativity.

More signings?

"The second goal [in the pre-season friendly] against Barcelona was a marvellous goal. And we need not only what we have trained in the training session but also we need the creation of the players themselves. And then that has to be a mix.

"Therefore you need creative players. For example, Chelsea have Eden Hazard, Willian and Oscar. There is a lot of creativity there. And you need that because you have to break down teams that park the bus. Next year there might be more teams who are parking the bus.

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