After van Gaal says deal 'possible' Ronaldo scores hat-trick in 8-2 drubbing

Ronaldo Penalty

Cristiano Ronaldo netted a hat-trick as Real Madrid defeated Deportivo 8-2

Much of the transfer talk this week has revolved around Manchester United reportedly eyeing a deal to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club.

After reports in Spain suggested Ronaldo, who has admitted he could one day return to Manchester, is unhappy at the sale of players such as Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria Louis van Gaal was asked about a potential Ronaldo deal at his Friday press conference.

In which he stated:

"Yes, but it's always a discussion in the papers, and I don't think the media shall buy Ronaldo. It is possible. That's what I have said with [Radamel] Falcao. Players like Ronaldo give a lot of extra to a team, but I don't think Real Madrid shall sell him."

The Portuguese attacker left United for Real Madrid in 2009 for a whopping £80 million and has gone on to score a sensational 260 goals in 253 games for the club, a record that consists of four 50-plus goal campaigns in a row.

And he has not started this campaign badly either.

Before today he had scored an impressive five goals in six games but he now has eight in seven after bagging an impressive hat-trick in a man-of-the-match performance against Deportivo La Coruna at the Riazor.

Real won the game 8-2, a complete thrashing, as the likes of James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale and Javier Hernandez also found the back of the net.

A timely reminder, if United needed one, of just what they would be bringing back to England.

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