Rio Ferdinand hopes Manchester United can complete a sensational deal to take Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford.
That secured a double for Madrid, having already pipped Barcelona to the Liga title by three points in May.
However, allegations of tax fraud - denied by the forward - have brought Ronaldo's future into question and United have been heavily linked with a swoop for their former star.
And Ferdinand, who played with Ronaldo at United for six seasons, hopes his former club can finalise a deal for the four-time Ballon d'Or winner.
"I hope [he'll return]," the former England international is quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News at an event in Belfast.
"I'm a Man United fan, and my kids love him, so I hope that he'll be back.
"But will he leave Real Madrid? I don't know."
Madrid president Florentino Perez has dismissed any talk of Ronaldo leaving the Spanish capital, stating he would only consider a deal if a club met his €1 billion buyout clause.