The 37-year-old is eager to leave Manchester United this summer following the club’s failure to qualify for the Champions League with agent Jorge Mendes actively looking to find him a new club before the start of the new season.
Reports have suggested a meeting has taken place between Ronaldo’s representative and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez over a sensational return to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Ronaldo scored 450 goals in 438 games for Los Blancos but Marca report there is no possibility of the Portuguese making a return to Real.
The veteran striker has so far been frustrated in his attempts to find a new club.
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly held talks with Mendes over a sensational move to Stamford Bridge but the London club have since cooled their interest with Thomas Tuchel not thought to be keen on the move.
Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain have also turned down proposals.
Atletico Madrid have also been offered the chance to sign Ronaldo, who would have no issues joining Real’s city rivals. Diego Simeone’s side however cannot fund a move – a situation that could change later this summer.
Ronaldo has not returned for pre-season training due to ‘family reasons’, missing the club’s tour of Asia and Australia as a result.
Erik ten Hag has been quizzed on the future of last season’s top scorer throughout the tour with the Dutchman still confident he will have a role to play in his side.
‘Cristiano is capable of doing that,’ ten Hag said.
‘In his career he has shown everything. I have set my demand. We want to play in a certain way. A top player can contribute and Ronaldo is an absolute top player in our squad.
Asked whether Ronaldo could even stay at United beyond this season, ten Hag added: ‘Yes. Of course I have signed here for three years, but in football it’s short-term as well.
‘We have to win from the start. So I don’t look that far ahead. I have a strategy, it’s a process, it takes time, but we have to make sure from the outset there is a winning team.’
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