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Sporting Lisbon sporting director Hugo Viana has ruled out a fairytale return for Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo just days after reports emerged that the iconic forward could leave Old Trafford this summer. Ronaldo has grown frustrated by the slow approach to United’s transfer dealings when such a large rebuild is necessary, according to claims in the Portuguese media. 

Some contradicting reports insist that Ronaldo remains happy at the Premier League club and will see out the final year of his contract. But that did not stop plenty of speculation over his future, with moves to Chelsea and former club Sporting touted as possibilities for the 37-year-old. 

Ronaldo initially joined United from Sporting in 2003 having impressed the Red Devils during a pre-season friendly between the two clubs. However, Viana does not believe an emotional return to the Portuguese club would be possible. 

Viana, who played alongside Ronaldo at Sporting and for the Portugal national team, told Sky Sports: “I think not now – I don’t think it is possible, but you never know. He can decide where he goes, but you never know the future. I don’t want to talk about that, but he has another year on his contract so whatever he decides, let’s see.”

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