Sunday 21 September 2014 13:56, UK
Louis van Gaal would be interested in bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester United, but does not think Real Madrid will sell him.
Ronaldo is reportedly interested in a return to Old Trafford, with former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon claiming the Portuguese superstar was "fed up" at the club's decision to sell a number of players, including Angel di Maria, who is now playing under Van Gaal at Old Trafford.
And United boss Van Gaal – speaking ahead of this weekend’s match with Leicester City - ensured the rumours continue when he admitted a move for Ronaldo was “possible.”
When asked whether he could bring Ronaldo back to United, where he has previously enjoyed six successful years, Van Gaal said: "Yes, but it's always a discussion in the papers, and I don't think the media shall buy Ronaldo."
When pushed on the matter again, the United manager said: "It is possible.
"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."
Ronaldo, 29, won eight major trophies under Sir Alex Ferguson before moving to the Bernabeu five years ago in a then world-record £80million transfer.
The current world player of the year hinted last month that a move back to Manchester would interest him.
"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," Ronaldo told MUTV before United played Real Madrid during their tour of the United States of America.
"I am still in contact with some people there because I had a good relationship with everybody - it was like my second family."
Watch Manchester United - minus Cristiano Ronaldo - take on Leicester at the King Power Stadium as part of Super Sunday. Coverage begins on Sky Sports 1 HD at 12:30pm.