We at Football Transfer Tavern would love to see Cristiano Ronaldo back in the Premier League but Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has played down the rumours linking him with a return.
Ronaldo still has two years remaining on his current deal at Real Madrid but if the Portuguese superstar fails to put pen to paper on a new deal this summer, the Spanish champions may look to cash in while they can.
Manchester United would be favourites to sign their former player if he became available and Ronaldo has already reiterated his love for the Red Devils in recent weeks.
The second best player in the world is set to line up at Old Trafford for Madrid in their vital Champions League last 16 second leg on Tuesday with the tie finely poised at 1-1.
All is not well in the Spanish capital and if Madrid crash out of the Champions League in midweek it may see Jose Mourinho and Ronaldo ponder their futures.
Ferguson has not ruled out the chance of signing the 28-year-old but he is yet to make contact with the player or the club.
“There hasn’t been anything to encourage me to think Cristiano would come back here,” Ferguson told Sky Sports.
“As far as I am aware, there is nothing in it at all. Ronaldo has got two years left on his contract and it seems to me it is all part of the negotiations that are going on about a new deal.”