Juan Mata believes it is “difficult” to see Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Manchester United.
Ronaldo joined Man United in 2003 from Sporting Lisbon and established himself as one of the best players in the world before leaving for Real Madrid in 2009.
The Portuguese has flirted with a move away from the Bernabeu in recent weeks, with Man United and Paris Saint-Germain among those said to be interested.
However, Mata insisted a deal may be unlikely to come off due to Ronaldo’s “complicated” situation.
“I think it’s difficult for that to happen, in truth,” Mata said.
“The respect and admiration that the people have for Cristiano (in Manchester) is incredible. You see it at the training ground, at the stadium, with so many photos of when he won all those titles there and did so well on a personal level as well.
“But it’s complicated with him at a club like Real Madrid and happy there, which I think he is. He is a player who makes the difference in any league, obviously.
“But as it’s very complicated at the moment, I prefer to focus on the players who are here, on playing well and achieving the club’s objectives.”
A move for Ronaldo would require a huge financial outlay and it may be too much for United, particularly as Ronaldo is now 30 years old. That hasn’t stopped fans dreaming, however, and it would be fantastic to see him in a red shirt again.