Wantaway Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has learned his prospects of a January return to Real Madrid after his agent Jorge Mendes offered his services to his former club.
Ronaldo’s future at Old Trafford is dominating the news after the star strongly condemned the club in an interview. Speaking to Piers Morgan, Ronaldo tore into the Glazers, Eric ten Hag and the way the clus is run. And his former teammates Gary Neville and Wayne Rooney also felt the wrath of his tongue.
As such, there seems little chance of Ronaldo ever playing for the club again, with Ten Hag has reportedly reached a brutal verdict on the star.
And the club’s executive co-chairman Joel Glazer is reportedly currently looking into ways in which his £500,000 a week contract can be ripped up.
It all means that speculation over the star’s next club is gathering pace. However, a number of high-profile sides have already turned their back on a deal.
One of those, Sporting Lisbon, were revealed by TEAMtalk as his most likely destination even before the intterview was released.
However, Ronaldo’s wages are way beyond their means and it all leaves the player’s agent scrambling to get him fixed up.
There are suggestions though that a move to MLS could be on the cards.
But before that scenario comes into play, the player’s agent was reported on Sunday to have offered him to former club Real Madrid.
The Spanish giants are one of the few clubs in the world who could probably take Ronaldo on.
However, it seems Jorge Mendes’ pleas to secure a return to the Bernabeu have also been met with a brutal response.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti says no to Cristiano Ronaldo
As per Marca, Los Blancos have ruled out a move to re-sign their record goalscorer in January. And while president Florentino Perez was reportedly open to the idea, it’s a different story with coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Indeed, the Italian is reportedly dead against working with the player again and does not want to upset the harmony in his squad. A clever manager, Ancelotti helped Real to the LaLiga and Champions League double in his first season back.
And knowing the spirit in his squad is strong, knows any signing of Ronaldo would risk dissolving that. In addition, Marca claims Ancelotti has decided against the signing of any new striker in the winter window.
The news will come as another blow to the player and his agent with options seriously running out.
He is Real Madrid’s all-time top goalscorer, having scored 450 times in 438 appearances for the club. But his chances of adding to that tally appear over. And one Italian pundit is sure to laugh following his claim that Ronaldo thinks he can play on until he’s 50.
It all means that clubs who can support Ronaldo are few and far between. Supporters of the player are even thinner, with only Rio Ferdinand and Roy Keane making any noices to support their former teammate.
Roy Keane told he needs to re-think Ronaldo support
However, Keane’s decision to back Ronaldo has been called into question by another former star in Lee Sharpe.
The ex-United winger did not ever play alongside the Portuguese superstar. But he did play alongside Keane and he reckons the Irishman’s support for Ronaldo may need a re-think.
“Roy Keane is a big fan of Ronaldo because he knows how many goals he can score and what he can do on the pitch,” Sharpe told OLBG. “If Ronaldo played more games and was match-fit, he would probably score more goals so I can see where Keane is coming from.
“But it will be difficult for Keane to be on Ronaldo’s side after his criticism of the club.
“Ronaldo may have a point with the old facilities and chefs. But Ronaldo won’t be there long enough to worry about things like that.
“He needs to set standards and an example to the players and club and to try to reach a level the club has not been at for 10-15 years. You just don’t criticise the chef, whose been there for years, and the facilities. That talk is kept in the dressing room. It shouldn’t come out to the news when you’re an employee of the club.”
Turning to Ronaldo, Sharpe added: “Ronaldo was not right to do the interview while still under contract and being paid by Manchester United. He was not right to do the interview with Piers Morgan.
“It has not worked out for him. I know he has a bit of a grievance and stuff he wants to get off his chest. But he has not been advised well. It was not a good decision.”