Cristiano Ronaldo's transfer to Manchester United appears to be off, after sources for the club revealed that manager, Louis Van Gaal, doesn't want to upset the new players that he recently acquired by signing the attacker.
Ronaldo's dream move back to Old Trafford has been heavily speculated over the last few weeks, and the Portuguese forward has long made it clear that he pines to return to the Premier League. Ronaldo previously lit up the English league when he was at Manchester United between the years of 2003-2009, and along the way he helped to inspire the Red Devils to three titles as well as a European Cup.
But Van Gaal is wary that there just isn't any room left in his squad for Ronaldo. Over the summer the former Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Ajax and Holland coach purchased Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao to play in attacking positions for United, and he feels that the $100 million that it would take to prize Ronaldo away from Real Madrid would be better off spent elsewhere.
According to the Daily Star, United officials are now concerned that purchasing Ronaldo would only upset their captain, Wayne Rooney, as well as their aforementioned summer signings, each of whom are all on huge money deals. Ronaldo would request around $500,000 per week to return to England, and United are concerned that the striker might just be using them to secure a new contract with Real, just like he did several seasons ago, while they are also aware that there would be no sell-on value to the player as he is set to turn 30 later this year.
Madrid had previously made it clear that they were willing to listen to offers for Ronaldo, but after Chelsea and Manchester City began to show interest in the player he then revealed that he would only consider a return to United. This was after Ronaldo's discontent at the Bernabeu had become plainly obvious, following the transfers of Mesut Ozil and Di Maria to Arsenal and United over respective summers.
Ronaldo's form so far this season, after a disappointing World-Cup, has been absolutely sensational. Not only did he score a hat-trick against Deportivo la Courna on the weekend, as Madrid sauntered to a rousing 8-2 victory, but on Tuesday night he scored four goals past Elche to make that seven strikes in just three days and two contests.
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