Manchester United will have to wait two years to sign their former star Cristiano Ronaldo, who is said to be particularly keen on a move to the Old Trafford club, as reported by the Manchester Evening News.
This is according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, who believes the star would move to return to the Premier League with the club where he made his name.
While he is said to be dreaming of a return to Man Utd, he will have to wait for another two years.
Apparently, Real Madrid will not even countenance the notion of selling him until he is 31 years old.
Having signed a new deal with the Spanish giants last September, Ronaldo has suggested that he might be willing to return to his former club in the near future.
This has caused a raft of speculation, with Louis van Gaal refusing to rule out a move, but Balague believes talk might be premature.
He said: “It is quite clear that Manchester United are letting all this continue because they are interested in Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Cristiano Ronaldo dreams and would like to go back to Manchester United. It’s just the timing which I think people are getting wrong.
“People want this to happen in January, if possible. It’s not going to happen. In the summer? I don’t think it’s going to happen.
“Real Madrid have got no intention whatsoever of selling Cristiano Ronaldo next summer.
“In two years’ time I would say yes, that is possibly the time when he will be 31 going on 32, for Real Madrid to say, ‘OK, if we can cash in on him, brilliant. He has done a lot for us, but that’s it, time to move on.’
“I don’t think it’s going to happen this summer. People will have to be a little bit more patient.”