Manchester United star Angel Di Maria has explained that he does not believe Cristiano Ronaldo will be returning to Manchester United at any point in the future, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has also spoken to the press, telling them that he believes Ronaldo will end his career with Real Madrid, where he has firmly established himself as one of the best players in the world, and of all time.
Man Utd attempted to bring Ronaldo back to the club last summer, and there was a belief that they might be able to tempt him into returning to the Premier League at some point in the near future.
Di Maria and Ronaldo were both close during their time at Real, and he also believes that there is little chance of the Portuguese international returning to his former stomping ground, whether in this transfer window or the summer.
“I don’t think he is coming back to Manchester,” said the Argentinian winger.
“It’s hard to quit Real Madrid.
“I think he’s having a great time and I don’t see that he wants to change.”
Mendes also denied the possibility, saying: “I got to know him when he was 15 years old, from then until now we’ve spoken together on most days. When I’m in Madrid we always meet up, our relationship is more like a friendship.
“I believe that Cristiano will finish his career at Real Madrid. He’s happy at the club and is still keen to achieve more success in Madrid.”
Manchester United have been given a stunning boost in their chase for Cristiano Ronaldo, after his former coach Mike Phelan revealed that he believes the Portuguese forward would definitely listen to any offer of a return to the Old Trafford club.
Ronaldo had his breakthrough period in his career in Manchester, and he is known to hold the club in high regard, with the fans not blaming him for his exit to Real Madrid.
Phelan is confident that Ronaldo would listen to any offer that the Red Devils made to him, having worked closely with him for several years.
However, he has admitted that he feels as though a homecoming for the forward would still be unlikely.
Phelan said: “Ronaldo loved his time at Manchester United and if Manchester United were interested in him again then he would listen to that because part of his career has come through Man United.
“But listen, he is where he is because of him being Ronaldo, and at the moment they’re successful, Madrid are successful. So I can’t see why he would think about coming back to Manchester United now.”
Man Utd have been linked with an £80 million swoop for Ronaldo, something they might explore again with the news that Gareth Bale is keen to stay at the Champions League winners going forward.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that his side have been preparing to deal with the threat posed by Real Madrid’s ultra talented star Cristiano Ronaldo, as reported by the Daily Star.
The Champions League winners will play the Reds at Anfield on Wednesday night, and despite Gareth Bale being out injured, the return of Ronaldo to English soil will pose a threat that Rodgers’s side will undoubtedly have to deal with.
Given their defensive woes against Queens Park Rangers at the weekend, there is little doubt that the Merseyside club’s back-line will have to improve ahead of tonight’s crunch clash.
However, Rodgers believes that it is equally important that his team offer a threat of their own to Los Blancos, rather than simply looking to stifle Ronaldo throughout the match.
“He’s arguably the best player in the world at the moment,” he added.
“We have to make a plan for our team first to ensure we cause Real Madrid problems.
“Then, of course, you have to prepare for the quality players they have, but that will be as a team and that is something we’ll focus on going into the game.”
Liverpool have won one of their games in the Champions League and lost one, with the defeat against Basle last time around suggesting improvements are necessary.
Manchester United have reportedly targeted Ronaldo for the last few weeks, and are said to have earmarked a £60 million fee to bring him in as early as January, although a move now looks unlikely to happen.