Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed that the club is interested in luring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, but doubts Real Madrid would be ready to sell the Portuguese star.
The Real Madrid talisman has been heavily linked with a move back to Premier League with his former club, who spent six years with the Red Devils before moving to Spanish capital for world-record £80m in 2009 amid reports that the 29-year-old forward is unsettled at the Bernabeu.
Few days back, Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague claimed that the Portugal captain is keen on a move back to Manchester United in the coming months.
However, Van Gaal, who signed the Argentine midfielder Angel di Maria from the European champions last month, can’t see Madrid allowing Ronaldo to leave very soon.
“When it is possible, what I said with Falcao, players like Ronaldo give a lot extra to selection or to a team but I don’t think Real Madrid shall sell him,” Van Gaal saying during his weekly press conference.
“It’s always a discussion in the papers and I don’t think the media shall buy Ronaldo.”