Mourinho unlikely to bring Ronaldo with him from Real Madrid to Chelsea

Jose Mourinho is expected to be confirmed as the new Chelsea manager this week, the Daily Mirror has reported, but it is not though Cristiano Ronaldo will be joining him in leaving Real Madrid for a return to the Premier League.

With Rafael Benitez’s time as interim boss at an end, the Blues are seeking a new full-time figure in the dugout, and Mourinho – who twice won the Premier League title in his last spell at the club between 2004 and 2007 – has been heavily linked with a return.

The newspaper adds that Mourinho wanted to have Ronaldo with him at Chelsea but following Real’s defeat in the Spanish Cup final, to local rivals Atletico Madrid, the president, Florentino Perez, has ruled out any chance of selling Ronaldo – not only to Chelsea but, to the displeasure of Manchester United, to any one at all.

United had hoped to re-sign the player they sold to Madrid in 2009, going so far as to discuss with new sponsors General Motors how to finance the transfer, with the automobile company in line to pay the £55m fee and Ronaldo’s £10m wage packet.

But Mourinho could be joined at the Bridge by Michael Essien, who has spent the year on loan at Madrid from Chelsea, and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, another player to spend the season away from Chelsea, this time on loan at Copa del Rey victors Atletico.

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