Manchester United’s hopes of signing Cristiano Ronaldo have received a blow, with news that Real Madrid are unwilling to sell the Portuguese star.
The 28-year-old has been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League in recent months, with reports circulating that he has grown disillusioned in Spain.
United are said to be highly interested in bringing him back to Old Trafford, and have even investigated ways in which they could fund a mega-money move for his signature.
Having sold him to Real for £80m in 2009, it would take a large fee to prize him away from the Bernabeu, but speculation suggests that a deal could be reached.
However, their chances of pulling off an audacious swoop appear to be slim, with Real director Emilio Butragueno stating that Ronaldo will not be sold this summer:
“Cristiano is under contract and we are very happy with him.” He is quoted by talkSPORT.
“We are delighted he is at Madrid because he is a fantastic professional, and very ambitious in a positive way.
“His contribution to the team and the club has been amazing since he arrived. We are very grateful he came to us and are lucky he plays for Real Madrid.”
The former Real Madrid player then went on to say that Ronaldo is one of the best players he has ever watched, and that he gives the Spaniards an advantage in any game they play:
“He scores a goal a game on average. This is incredible. I have been watching football since I was three and never saw anything like that.
“When Ronaldo is on the pitch, you know you are going to score. It is an incredible advantage.”
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