The end of the dream return to Manchester United?

A possible Old Trafford return for Cristiano Ronaldo could soon be completely eradicated.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been increasingly linked with a move back to Manchester United this season, following grumblings of discontent earlier in the season and the fact he’s said he’d like to come back to England at some point in his career.

It’s always been a possibility since Ronaldo first left the club because of that positive relationship, which was maintained and the strong financial position United have always been in.

However, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has assured supporters of the Spanish giants that Ronaldo will be signing an extension to his current deal, which expires in the summer of 2015.

“Keep calm, we are going to renew with Cristiano Ronaldo. The club are going to pay him,” he said at a meeting with fans.

United’s hopes of ever getting him back have always been pinned on the chance that this wouldn’t happen because it would drastically reduce his fee, plus the realistic chance that he could leave Real Madrid.

Ronaldo signing a new deal with Real Madrid means he would stay at the club well into his 30s, which takes away a lot of the value for United to try and bring him back at a later point.

His game is based around pace and power, both of which are qualities that will subside as Ronaldo gets older, making him far easier to contain than is currently the case.

It’s also massively unlikely that he would consider a United return without Sir Alex Ferguson in charge of the side, who he has previously described as a father figure in football.

Ferguson has been tipped to call it a day and retire around the same sort of time that Ronaldo’s current contract ends, which means any extension on that deal reduces the chances that Ronaldo and Ferguson will work together again at Old Trafford.

Realistically United are in a position where they could go out and sign plenty of other players who could have the same sort of lightning impact that Ronaldo would bring to the table.

The soon to be crowned Premier League champions can only see any Ronaldo contract extension as a blow, because of the impact he first had at Old Trafford and his current status within the game.

When it comes down to buying players who have the ability to score goals at a breathtaking rate, United have other options, which would reduce the impact of not being able to negotiate a Ronaldo return.

If he signs on at Real Madrid, it’s never going to happen, but if a Falcao, a Rodriguez or a Martinez is signed for the club instead, the impact will be softer.

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