Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo will not return to Real Madrid this summer, according to reports.
The Portuguese international rejoined United last summer but his first season at Old Trafford did not go as planned.
Ronaldo finished as the club’s top scorer with 18 Premier League goals, but that was not enough to help the Red Devils achieve their goals.
United (opens in a new tab) he fell to sixth place and will therefore be absent from the next edition of the Champions League.
Ronaldo is eager to win that tournament for the sixth time, and being 37 years old, he doesn’t have many chances left.
Therefore, Ronaldo has told United that he wants to look for new pastures this summer, a year before his contract expires.
However, finding a new club is proving difficult with Chelsea. (opens in a new tab)Bayern Munich (opens in a new tab) and Paris Saint-Germain (opens in a new tab) having all discarded themselves.
Atletico Madrid are said to be interested. (opens in a new tab)but it would be very difficult for them to pay Ronaldo’s salary.
The player himself seems to have ruled out signing for Sporting CP, the club where he began his career.
A second stage at Real Madrid (opens in a new tab) It’s been discussed, but it doesn’t look like Ronaldo is back at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu after four years away.
According to brand (opens in a new tab)the current champions of Spain and Europe have no plans to re-sign the best player in their history.
The report states that Madrid could do more business this summer if they manage to sell some of the fringe members of their squad.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team have already added Aurelien Tchouameni and Antonio Rudiger to their ranks in the current window.
But with Karim Benzema in the form of his life at the helm, Ronaldo is not on Madrid’s radar.
As things stand, it seems increasingly likely that the Portuguese will be at Old Trafford for at least another season.