By Coral Barry

Juan Mata has claimed it would be “difficult” for Manchester United to entice Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club.

The Spanish maestro believes the cost and complications of such a huge deal mean fans should not get carried away about the prospect.

Football Insider revealed last month that United will put together a £200million package to attempt to prise Ronaldo from Real Madrid next year but Mata is not convinced he will be lining up alongside Ronaldo anytime soon.

“I think it’s difficult for that to happen, in truth,” Mata told reporters. “It’s complicated with him at a club like Real Madrid and happy there, which I think he is.”

This comes after United great Gary Neville said United should try and sign Gareth Bale next year instead of his more celebrate Real Madrid team-mate.

Ronaldo spent six trophy-laden years at United before joining Real, where he has cemented his place as one of the all-time greats.

While the 30-year-old has repeatedly stated he is happy at the Bernabeu, he has refused to rule out a return to Old Trafford in the future.

“The respect and admiration that the people have for Cristiano (in Manchester) is incredible,” Mata added.

“You see it at the training ground, at the stadium, with so many photos of when he won all those titles there and did so well on a personal level as well.”

Forget Ronnie: Juan Mata says it would be difficult to entice Ronaldo back to Manchester

Forget Ronnie: Juan Mata says it would be difficult to entice Ronaldo back to Manchester

Mata, who is United’s leading Premier League scorer with four goals this season, says that it is the players already in Manchester that fans should be excited about.

“It’s very complicated at the moment, I prefer to focus on the players who are here, on playing well and achieving the club’s objectives.”