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Louis van Gaal on a mission to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford

By Jim Gracey

Determined Louis van Gaal is set to test Real Madrid's resolve to sign his Manchester United keeper David de Gea by demanding an Old Trafford return for Cristiano Ronaldo as part of the deal.

Speaking as he completed the signing of Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero on a three-year deal, Van Gaal signalled his intention to switch his focus from an exchange involving Real defender Sergio Ramos for de Gea to delivering Ronaldo (right) as the marquee signing he has now raised expectations among United fans to expect.

Hopes have been raised even higher by the straight-talking Dutchman's departure from his usual policy of refusing to discuss speculation over transfer targets.

"We cannot show our strategy in buying or selling players. When we shall buy a player and he has signed then we shall say it but not in the process, not in the strategy

"Now, I make an exception for Ronaldo,'' he said with a smile.

"He is a fantastic, fantastic player but he knows that. I like him.''

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