Cristiano Ronaldo could be set for a stunning return to Manchester United after he denied reports he had signed a new Real Madrid contract.
Madrid president Florentino Perez told Marca on Wednesday that he was confident the 28-year-old would sign an extension and remain at the Bernabeu for the rest of his career, but Ronaldo took to social media to set the story straight.
Mega-rich Monaco are also interested in the Portuguese international, though a transfer back to Old Trafford, from where he was sold to Madrid for £80million three years ago, looks more likely.
The forward's current deal runs out in 2015, but if he refuses to sign, Madrid may have no choice but to cash in on him, even though he has scored an extraordinary 146 goals in 135 games.
Monaco were believed to be preparing an £85million bid with astronomical wages to convince him to join their project, but Ronaldo may choose to return to Manchester, where he has fond memories.
Alex Ferguson was thought to be a big part in Ronaldo missing the club, but he may still be interested in a move to the club that set him on his way to being one of the best in the world.