The future of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo remains very much in doubt following reports that the attacker was ready to call time on his eight-year stay in Spain.

Ronaldo has become Real Madrid’s all-time leading goalscorer since his £80m move from Manchester United in 2009 but the 32-year-old could be on the move this summer – but not to Bayern Munich.

A statement on the club’s official website read:

Bayern is reported daily. It is sent and printed, tweaked and posted. With digital technology, the news is spread at a rapid pace. But sometimes a duck flies by. Sometimes one or the other simply does not match the facts.

That is why at this point we would like to pay tribute to the “duck of the day” and thus help to ensure that our fans are properly informed.

In the last few days, the Italian sporting daily “Gazzetta dello Sport” reported that FC Bayern are interested in committing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.

Subsequently, this rumor was also taken up by numerous German media.

Ronaldo is also the top scorer in the history of the Champions League and netted twice as Madrid became the first club to retain the trophy in the modern era.

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge claims that talk of Ronaldo making a sensational switch to Bayern is ‘fable’:

We are accustomed to speculating intensively on possible inflows and outflows during the transfer period. As a rule, we do not comment on these rumors. But now, in the case of Cristiano Ronaldo, we want to clarify once and for all that this rumour has no basis and must be referred to the realm of fable.

The idea of Ronaldo coming to the Allianz Arena wasn’t that farfetched. Bayern are one of the few clubs that could afford him and his wages, and Ronaldo did enjoy a great spell under Carlo Ancelotti at Madrid, but it’s not to be.

It seems the most likely destination for Ronaldo is a return to Old Trafford with both parties believed to be keen on the move but there’s a lot of ground to cover before it materialises.

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