Cristiano Ronaldo would love to return to Manchester United, but it’s unlikely to happen in the next 12 months.
That’s the view of Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, who believes Real Madrid will not consider selling their star player for another two years.
A group of Manchester United fans arranged for aeroplane to fly over El Madrigal during Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Villarreal at the weekend with a banner urging Ronaldo to “come home” to the club he played for between 2003 and 2009.
The Ballon D’Or winner has been linked with a return to Old Trafford after reports emerged that he was unhappy with the sales of team-mates such as Angel di Maria, Xabi Alonso and Mesut Ozil.
However, Balague says suggestions that a deal could be struck before next season are wide of the mark.
He told Revista de La Liga: “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.”