Monday 23 October 2017

Mourinho: Cristiano Ronaldo is not going back to Old Trafford

Christiano Ronaldo acknowledges the cheers after scoring against Bournemouth last night
Christiano Ronaldo acknowledges the cheers after scoring against Bournemouth last night

Jeremy Wilson

Jose Mourinho has predicted that Manchester United will fail with their audacious attempt to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford.

With Chelsea still trying to prise Wayne Rooney away from United, David Moyes has been targeting some ambitious signings of his own, includingRonaldo, Gareth Bale and Cesc Fabregas.

Mourinho spent three years managing Ronaldo at Real Madrid and does not expect his former club to sell this summer at any price.

“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,” said Mourinho.

“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 played last night in Madrid’s 6-0 pre-season win against Bournemouth and, after that match, Real manager Carlo Ancelotti stressed the importance of keeping his star player.

“He is very important for us – I would like him to stay with us,” he said.

Ronaldo has two years remaining on his Real contract but is still yet to reach agreement on an extension.

“He's a phenomenal player, a great professional," Ancelotti said. "His contract renewal is not my job, but I do not think it'll be a problem.”

Telegraph.co.uk

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