Cristiano Ronaldo

Carlo Ancelotti denies trying to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Real Madrid

Tom Gott
The two have worked together in the past
The two have worked together in the past / MARCO BERTORELLO/Getty Images

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed suggestions he has urged the board to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.

Ronaldo is unsettled at Juventus after three up-and-down seasons, and reports have been flying in from all across Europe linking him with pretty much every top team on the planet.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo has been linked with a move away from Juventus / Marco Canoniero/Getty Images

Manchester United, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked, and Real's name was thrown into the ring by El Chiringuito's Edu Aguirre, who claimed that Ancelotti had reached out to Ronaldo to discuss a possible return.

The Spanish press went a little wild with the rumour for a few hours, but Ancelotti himself took to Twitter to dish out a much-needed dose of reality.

"Cristiano is a Real Madrid legend and he has all my love and respect. I have never considered signing him. We're looking forward." he wrote.

Well, that's that then.

Regardless of how Ancelotti feels about Ronaldo, the 36-year-old has never been an option for Real, who have become obsessed by the idea of signing Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe. For Los Blancos, it's him and only him.

Mbappe has entered the final year of his contract at the Parc des Princes and has made it clear that he does not plan on signing an extension, but PSG are not blinking and have warned him that he will not be sold this summer.

Nevertheless, Real remain determined to try and are continuing to monitor the situation, hoping that the signing of Lionel Messi may have made PSG slightly more willing to do business.

Kylian Mbappe
Real want Mbappe instead / Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images

As for Ronaldo, Juventus' stance has always been that the Portugal international is not for sale, but murmurs of discontent continue to emerge from the Allianz Stadium.

The list of clubs that can afford to sign Ronaldo is a finite one and one which has shrunk following PSG's decision to sign Messi instead, so all the signs suggest the 36-year-old will not be going anywhere just yet.