Emilio Butragueno has dismissed reports Cristiano Ronaldo could return to Manchester United this summer.
The Real Madrid legend, and Bernabeu director, believes speculation linking the Portuguese superstar with a move back to the Premier League is wide of the mark and claims United will struggle to tempt him back to Old Trafford.
United have not distanced themselves from the rumours, even though Ronaldo’s contract in Spain runs until 2015, and the winger received a heroes’ reception when he returned to the club for last week’s Champions League clash.
There have been no hints from Madrid, however, that they are prepared to cash in on the 28-year-old, who took his goals tally to 26 for the season in La Liga alone on Saturday night when he bagged two more in Real's latest victory over Celta Vigo.
Speaking at a Manchester United Foundation event to launch a Red Devils' Legends match against Real Madrid on June 2, Butragueno insisted: "Cristiano is under contract and we are very happy with him.
"We are delighted he is at Madrid because he is a fantastic professional, and very ambitious in a positive way.
"His contribution to the team and the club has been amazing since he arrived. We are very grateful he came to us and are lucky he plays for Real Madrid.
"He scores a goal a game on average. This is incredible. I have been watching football since I was three and never saw anything like that.
"When Ronaldo is on the pitch, you know you are going to score. It is an incredible advantage."