Manchester United have given up hopes of signing Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.
According to Manchester Evening News, United have admitted defeat in the race to sign the Real Madrid duo, after months of speculation linking the pair with a switch to Old Trafford.
Reports recently came out confirming that Bale had signed a new five-year contract extension that would keep him at the Bernabeu till 2021. The reports also stated that Ronaldo was due to follow Bale into signing a contract extension with Real, but no statement confirming the deal has been issued yet.
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Ronaldo left Old Trafford in 2009 for a then world record fee of £82 million, and has been linked with a return to the club since the day he left. However, despite admitting that he would love a fairytale return to the club that developed him into the world beater he now is, he has on many occasions also stated his desire to retire at Real.
After Real Madrid’s 5-2 win over Osasuna, the Portuguese even said that if he were the club president, he would give himself a new ten-year contract.
“You would have to talk with the president. Things are going well,” Ronaldo told reporters after the match.
“The media have written it already, you know more than me. If I were the Madrid president, I would give me 10 more years.
“I want to win all possible trophies and would love to win La Liga. It is a title that we will be going after and the team are looking good and solid.
“We’ve started well and I hope we can continue to do well. It is a long competition, but I am convinced we will win this year.”