Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been fairly vocal regarding his side's transfer dealings in recent days.
The former Manchester United man has slammed Los Blancos' management following the summer sales of Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso, claiming he would not have let the pair leave this summer. He admitted they were 'important' to the club, who lost 4-2 to Real Sociedad on Sunday.
Having seen Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez arrive at Real this summer, he said: “I have strong opinions but I can’t always say what I think otherwise it would be on the front page and I don't want that." He continued, "But if it was up to me, I wouldn't have done so."
Ronaldo expressed similar discontent this time last season, following the sale of star playmaker Mesut Ozil, who, off the back of an excellent season at Santiago Bernabeu, joined Arsenal for £42 million. At the time, he was reported as saying, "The sale of Ozil is bad news for me. He is the player who knows best my movements in front of goal. I am very unhappy about the sale."
Meanwhile, the Portugal captain has expressed his admiration towards the Red Devils' summer activity, hailing Radamel Falcao's loan switch to Manchester United as a 'fantastic buy' for Louis van Gaal.
Speaking at a TAG Heuer event in Madrid, he said: "He is very good player. I think Manchester did very well. I don't think he is the wrong type of player. He is a top player so I don't think it is a wrong buy."
The some-what regular sale of the club's top players is clearly having a negative impact on Ronaldo's happiness in the Spanish capital, and his positive comments towards Man United, no matter how flimsy, will fill Red Devils' fans with hope that their former prodigy will one day return 'home'.
At 29 years of age, and having just won the FIFA Ballon d'Or for the first time in his career, Ronaldo is still considered to be at the peak of his game. Nonetheless, Real Madrid President Florence Perez could be tempted to cash-in on his star player before his value begins to depreciate.
In the past he has refused to rule out an eventual return to Old Trafford, where ultimately, he made his name as one football's greatest talents. There's no doubt he would receive a warm welcome by the red side of Manchester.