Manchester United should forget about signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, according to former Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, who left the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of last season to return to Chelsea, the
Mourinho was Ronaldo’s boss for three seasons and claimed that while Ronaldo does have a strong connection to Old Trafford, he would not be returning to Manchester this summer – especially because Madrid’s healthy financial state means they can afford to reject whatever offer comes their way from the Premier League champions.
“What I know is that Real Madrid is such a rich club that they don’t need to sell and it is such a rich club I think they can ‘eat’ any offer a club can have on Ronaldo,” Mourinho said, adding: “ I know Ronaldo loves Man United and I know he loves the Premier League but I think he is going to stay. It’s just a feeling.”
Ronaldo is currently on English soil, playing for Madrid in a pre-season friendly against Bournemouth on Sunday. Madrid won the game 6-0 with Ronaldo netting a free-kick and speaking afterwards Mourinho’s successor in Madrid, former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, confirmed the club were not interested in selling the Portuguese forward – and that he expected Ronaldo would soon put pen to paper on a new contract.
“He is very important for us – I would like him to stay with us,” Ancelotti said. He continued: “He’s a phenomenal player, a great professional. His contract renewal is not my job, but I do not think it’ll be a problem.”
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