Saturday, 20 September 2014
van Gaal: "Ronaldo move possible"
Cristiano Ronaldo left United in 2009, for a then world-record transfer fee of £80million pounds to join Spanish side Real Madrid. Since then, he has won Liga BBVA, Copa del Rey (2), UEFA Champions League, Spanish Super Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. But, every summer rumours continue to persist over the Portuguese winger's future and whether he would be open to a move back to the Premier League.
Ever since he left for Spain, he has refused to rule out a move back to his former club, and it seems as though a possible move looks more likely now than ever before which is exciting for both the team involved and the league itself.
He has proved himself to be one of the best players in the world, scoring 257 goals in 252 appearances for Real Madrid and priding himself on being one of the most influential players in the team.
United will love to have their former star back, and would pack his bags personally to see him wear the number 7 shirt again at Old Trafford. He turns 30 in February, and isn't getting any younger as he reaches his peak performance level. So, if a move is on the cards you would expect an approach either in January or at the end of the current season.
Having said that, it would not be surprising if Real Madrid tried to block any formal approaches to sign Ronaldo - seeing as he is their best player and star man. They created the team around him, he is their highest paid performer and does his bit for the team every week. Losing Cristiano, despite it being to his former club would seem silly on the part of Real as they look to retain their UEFA Champions League title this year.
van Gaal had this to say about the possibility of the move: "Ronaldo? Yes, it is possible but it's always a discussion in the papers, and I don't think the media shall buy Ronaldo. That's what I have said with Falcao, players like Ronaldo give a lot of extra to a team, but I don't think Real Madrid shall sell him.
Meanwhile, this was quoted from an interview before their pre-season meeting in America from Ronaldo: "I love Manchester and you never know in football. Of course I'm happy at Real Madrid; it's my home, it's my club but United treated me unbelievably so you never know. I'm still in contact with some people there because I had a good relationship with everybody - it was like my second family."