Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly told Manchester United that he has no plans to ever seal a transfer back to his old club from Real Madrid.
The Portugal international has long been linked with a sensational return to Old Trafford, with United chief Ed Woodward thought to have made him a top target for a number of years now.
While at some point United believed they could be in with a chance of re-signing their former star in a big-money deal possibly worth up to as much as £150million, it now looks off the cards for good.
Ronaldo, who has made history during his eight years at the Bernabeu, has now made it clear to United that he will never play for them again, according to the Daily Star.
This will force the Red Devils to look elsewhere for a statement signing in attack, with Ronaldo’s Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale recently linked after what looks like a failed attempt to sign Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann.
Ronaldo, 32, scored 118 goals for United in his six years at the club, but has taken his game to a whole new level since leaving with a phenomenal 406 goals in 394 appearances for Real Madrid.
Still, the player has said on more than one occasion that he’d ideally like to retire with the Spanish giants.
‘It’s obvious I want to stay I here. I think I am going to retire at Real Madrid,’ Ronaldo said last year.
Later that summer he added that he wants to play on until he’s 40, saying: ‘I’m going to retire at Madrid when I’m over 40. I’m very happy here and I work hard to achieve that.’