The prospect of Man Utd securing a remarkable return for global superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been revealed along with his likely next destination.
The Portuguese legend will go down as one of football’s greatest ever when all is said and done.
The records continue to fall at the 36-year-old’s feet. His display in last month’s Italian Super Cup led to him becoming the undisputed number one in a particular category.
Despite his age, Ronaldo is still putting up the types of numbers that would see him walk into any side in the world.
However, his current club Juventus are experiencing difficulty for the first time in several years.
Inter Milan appear poised to break the Turin club’s stranglehold on the Serie A title. Furthermore, another early exit in the Champions League materialised after bowing out to FC Porto on away goals last week.
Rumblings of a potential switch have therefore emerged, with Man Utd predictably reported to be in the mix.
The club were recently said to have turned down a possible reunion last season. Nevertheless, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s recent comments appeared to leave the door ajar.
Now, the Daily Express have clarified Man Utd’s stance, and have seemingly dashed any hopes of a return.
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The outlet report that Man Utd ‘won’t be pushing to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo in this summer’s transfer window.’
The Red Devils are described as having ‘moved on’ from the idea, with younger targets such as Erling Haaland now the priority.
Experienced veterans have had success at Old Trafford in the last decade. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and current centre-forward Edinson Cavani are two prime examples.
However, Ronaldo’s ‘huge salary demands’ are cited as a reason why those previous cases will not be followed.
Next Ronaldo destination touted
A return could yet be on the cards, though to his most recent former club, Real Madrid.
Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane cheekily spoke last week when quizzed on the return speculation, saying (via the Express): “Yes, it may be [true].”
“We know Cristiano, we know the person he is and everything he has done here.
“But now he’s a Juventus player and we must respect this.
“Now, let’s see what the future will be. I was lucky enough to coach him and he is very impressive. Right now, he’s helping Juventus.”