Sporting CP technical director Hugo Viana has cooled suggestions that they could re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United this summer, but opened the door to a reunion in the future.

Ronaldo began his professional career at Sporting having moved to the club’s academy aged 12. After one season in their first team and impressing in a friendly against Man Utd, he secured his first move to Old Trafford in 2003.

However, Ronaldo’s second stint for the Red Devils hasn’t been as successful and after just one year back at Man Utd, he’s been linked with a move away.

90min understands that Ronaldo’s name was floated during recent discussions between new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly and agent Jorge Mendes. Roma and Sporting have also been linked with the 37-year-old recently, but Man Utd are confident that Ronaldo will stay.

And Sporting technical director Viana has said that now is not the time for the Portugal legend to return home and that Man Utd need to focus on rebuilding with him.

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