Van Gaal opens up to Ronaldo return.
Manchester United Manager Louis Van Gaal has added his voice to the growing speculation that world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo may have another stint at Old Trafford, five years after he left for Real Madrid for the then world record fee of £80m.
Ronaldo is reported to have disagreed with the Real Madrid transfer policy that has in the past two years seen senior players leave, key among them Mesut Ozil who left for Arsenal last season and more recently Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria who left for Bayern Munich and Manchester United respectively.
Ronaldo spent six largely successful years at Old Trafford, winning eight major trophies and Van Gaal, asked about bringing back the Portuguese star, said it is a possibility but admitted it may be hard for Real Madrid to let the 29 – year old leave.
“It has been s subject of discussion in the papers and the media but I do not think the media shall buy him, and yes, it is possible to bring him back. He is the kind of player who gives you a lot of extras in the team. That’s what I have said with Falcao; but I do not think Real Madrid shall sell him”, he said.
Ronaldo earlier fueled the discussion about his possible return to England in an interview that he revealed his love for Manchester saying he is still in contact with people there.
“I love Manchester and I have some wonderful people there who we have kept in touch with and it is like a second family to me. I am happy at Real Madrid; it is my home, it is my club but United treated me very unbelievably. In football you never know where you’ll be next”, he said.