Real Madrid sporting director Predrag Mijatovic says it is virtually impossible that Cristiano Ronaldo will join the Spanish giants.
Cristiano Ronaldo is contracted at Manchester United until 2012
The Portugal winger has been linked with Real over the last couple of years, but is committed to a long-term contract with Manchester United.
Ronaldo, 22, agreed a five-year contract extension last year, tying him to Old Trafford until 2012.
"I see it as an impossible signing," Mijatovic told Radio Marca.
"Of course it would not be bad for us to have a player like Cristiano Ronaldo, but he is at a great club like Manchester United."
The prospect of Ronaldo signing for Real Madrid has not been helped with Ronaldo admitting recently that he would one day love to play in Spain.
And to compound matters, Ronaldo's mother appeared in several national newspapers saying that she hoped that one day her son would go to Madrid and "play for the best team in the world."
But it appears that Madrid have grown tired of "wasting time" pursuing players that are seemingly untouchable.
Cesc Fabregas recently signed an eight-year contract extension
Another reported Madrid target, Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas, is another player Mijatovic says is an "impossible" target.
"He is the same," said Mijatovic.
"We are not the only team who would like to have a player such as Cesc, but he belongs to a great club like Arsenal and it is almost impossible to sign him.
"I am very clear that we are not going to waste time on things which we cannot do.
"We will see what happens in the future. It is undeniable that he is as a very interesting player, but signing him is something that would be tremendously difficult."