Real Madrid are reportedly keen on a shock transfer to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club amid Erik ten Hag uncertainty.
According to the Mirror, Ronaldo could be set to leave Manchester in the summer in a sensational reunion with his former club.
Real Madrid would be looking to capitalise on a potential rift between Ronaldo and incoming manager Ten Hag, who based on historical comments, isn’t the sweetest on the Portuguese star.
Following Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea, manager Ralf Rangnick was asked whether he knew anything about his successors’ plans for Ronaldo and did little to stifle the rumours.
“In the end, it is both Erik [ten Hag]’s and also Cristiano’s decision what they want to do so I think it is not for me to speak about that.”
Which begs the question as to why Ten Hag would even entertain the possibility of his star forward leaving with a year still to go on his existing contract? Especially given that second in the goal scoring charts at the club (Bruno Fernandes) hasn’t even hit double figures.
Well, Ten Hag’s new look United will be built on energy and youth, much like the philosophy he has employed at Ajax.
And whilst that sounds very promising for the Red Devils, it’s clear Ronaldo does not fit the billing…
Whether the Dutchman will find a place for him in the set-up remains to be seen, but one would imagine that come next season Ronaldo will be far away from being the first name on the team sheet regardless.
Whereas if he was to make the switch to Real Madrid, as well as being adored by the Spanish media and everyone involved with Los Blancos, he would be guaranteed a regular starting berth should the Kylian Mbappe deal fall through – which seems more likely than ever now PSG have reportedly offered the Frenchman a deal worth £125 million over two seasons.
Not to mention he will get to play on the stage he treasures most deeply – the UEFA Champions League.
With just three games left before the curtain is drawn on a disastrous season at Old Trafford, Ronaldo has got plenty of thinking ahead oh him.
Can Ten Hag promise him the game time he wants and deserves? Otherwise we might be seeing Cristiano back in the iconic Madrid white before the summer is out…