Cristiano Ronaldo will sign for Real Madrid in the summer according to a director of the Spanish giants.
Newspaper El Mundo is quoting director Pedro Trapote as saying Real already have a deal in place but cannot announce it officially.
President Ramon Calderon had stated after last summer's protracted transfer saga that Real would end their long quest to pinch the player from Manchester United so as not to make an enemy of the European champions.
Sir Alex Ferguson did little to hide his disgust at Real's conduct and is bound to be more than agitated by a resurfacing of the Ronaldo rumour-mongering.
El Mundo report that after Madrid's loss at Barcelona Trapote mentioned the news in a recorded conversation, though it is not known whether it was meant to become public knowledge.
"If you are asking me what we are going to do now then I would tell you that we have already signed the best player for the summer," Trapote is quoted as saying.
"Are you talking about Cristiano?" was the reply.
"The best of the best. It is Cristiano, there is no other. It is better that we do not say anything at the moment though.
"Why can you not say anything. It is the best time because things are going badly and people need something to excite them in the middle of all this.
Trapote replied: "No, it is best to not say anything because there are some clauses that prevent us from announcing it now."