Spanish football expert Sid Lowe has conceded that he expects Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Real Madrid next summer which could open the door to a return to Manchester United.
Speaking to ESPN FC, Lowe explained the issues that currently exist between the Portuguese international and Madrid coach Rafa Benitez and cited those as reasons as to why the former may well choose to leave the Bernabeu at the end of the season.
Los Blancos currently trail league leaders Barcelona by six points after 13 games, with their 4-0 home defeat to their rivals on November 21 setting them back and seemingly signalling the end of the road for Benitez.
However, the former Liverpool and Napoli boss was given a vote of confidence by club president Florentino Perez, as reported by The Mirror, and is expected to continue in his post until the end of the current campaign. In turn, if the problems between him and his star player continue, that could force Ronaldo’s hand and make him consider his options.
Despite the fact that the former Manchester United star turned 30 this year, he has shown little sign of a decline in his game having scored 16 goals in 18 games so far this season.
Given that undeniable quality on the pitch coupled with his marketability off it, it is likely that he will still command a significant transfer fee if he is to leave the Spanish capital next year.
United have been linked with a reunion with the two-time Champions League winner for a number of months, and recent reports have suggested that Madrid could be open to considering a possible sale, as noted by the Metro.
As a result, it remains to be seen whether or not Ronaldo secures a return to Old Trafford next year, but Lowe believes that it is certainly a possibility if the tension between the Portuguese star and his current coach continues to escalate.