Real Madrid made it clear to Cristiano Ronaldo that they have no intention of allowing him to return to Manchester United this summer, Goal reported.
New Old Trafford manager Louis van Gaal publicly stated an interest in signing the 29-year-old last week, but the Champions League holders have ruled out the possibility of Ronaldo leaving the Bernabeu at the end of the season and have refused to discuss a price for the forward.
Ronaldo, who has endured an ambivalent relationship with Madrid despite record breaking achievements in his five years there, has regularly expressed his “love” for United, encouraging hope of an Old Trafford return.
Extensive efforts were made to put together a deal to re-sign the forward in 2013 before his contract renewal with Madrid and the subject has been floated again this year, with United having already spent an unprecedented sum of over €257 million on transfer fees alone.
It has been suggested that Ronaldo would accept a cut on his basic pay to facilitate a return to United. The player, however, regards his status as football’s top earner as a badge of honour. At current exchange and tax rates, just matching his current terms would require United to fund a gross weekly wage of £760,000 before bonuses.
“It’s all speculation, speaking about my future,” said Ronaldo said.
“My future is Madrid. I’m happy. The season is going well and I’m not talking about my future, it doesn’t make sense,” he added.