There have been new developments on a possible Cristiano Ronaldo move back to Manchester United with boss Louis van Gaal claiming to be interested, meanwhile it appears Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has ruled himself out of the running.
The story of a possible Cristiano Ronaldo return back to Old Trafford shows no signs of abating with the British press starting to write about the move as though it was a done deal. Comments by CR7 himself professing his love for Manchester United got the ball rolling and other notable figures have weighed in on the debate, not least former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon who claimed the Portugese legend is unsettled.
Now finally Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has spoken out on the matter in response to the constant hounding from the press corps. The Guardian reported the Dutchman’s comments from a press conference,
“It’s always a discussion in the papers and I don’t think the media shall buy Ronaldo. 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.”
While The Star hyped up these remarks, interpreting them to mean that the Dutchman ‘would love to sign Cristiano Ronaldo’, it would appear that van Gaal is trying to play down talks of a move. However these efforts are likely to be in vain as the thought of seeing the legend back in a United jersey is such a mouth watering prospect that the press are willing to latch on to any comments or information, however trivial, to keep the story going.
That said, intriguingly Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho who was previously believed to be in the running to sign Ronaldo has apparently ruled out a move for his compatriot, saying that the two are estranged. Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes met the Special One yesterday at Chelsea’s training ground fueling speculation that there were developments afoot in the background, however the Blues boss unambiguous comments put an end to this rumour. He was quoted in The London Evening Standard as saying,
“The relationship between Ronaldo and myself is non-existent. He plays for Real Madrid, I’m the Chelsea manager. You would not find us hanging around together. The relationship does not exist but the memories of his impact do.”
While clearly the press speculation is premature, if the goal scoring machine was to quit Madrid, Old Trafford would appear to be the only destination. The transfer fee could be quite hefty though; Real Madrid would be in a strong negotiating position as the 29-year is only one season into a 5-year-contract at the Bernabeu. The Star speculate that the Red Devils would have to stump up as much as the £80 million they sold him for five years ago…a serious wedge of cash for a player who will hit the big 30 in February.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.
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