Sunday 21 January 2018

Mourinho claims Ronaldo was a know-it-all but Real insist star is 'priceless'

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo

Jeremy Wilson

NEW Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has taken a parting shot at Cristiano Ronaldo by suggesting that their relationship deteriorated because of the player's reluctance to accept constructive criticism.

Ronaldo had a phenomenal goalscoring record at Real Madrid during three years under Mourinho, scoring 120 times in La Liga, but their relationship broke down during the past season.

Asked why this had happened, Mourinho said: "I had only one problem with him, very simple, very basic, which was when a coach criticises a player from a tactical viewpoint trying to improve what, in my view, could have been improved.

"And at this moment he didn't take it very well because maybe he thinks he knows everything and the coach cannot help him to develop anymore.

"Cristiano has had three fantastic seasons with me, I don't know if they were the best of his career because he had some fantastic moments with United.

"I think we created a fantastic situation for him tactically in which he could express all his potential and turn that into records and goals."

Mourinho's comments strongly suggest that there is no possibility of Chelsea bidding to bring Ronaldo to Stamford Bridge, but his future, which will be closely monitored by Manchester United, still remains in some doubt.

Ronaldo's contract expires in 2015 and, although president Florentino Perez is confident of keeping his club's main asset, talks over a potential extension have not yet resulted in a new deal.

After losing in three consecutive Champions League semi-finals, Perez predicted that Ronaldo would stay to help inspire Real to win the European Cup for an unprecedented 10th time.

"Cristiano is priceless – we will do it and Cristiano will score in the final," said the Real Madrid supremo.

Mourinho admitted yesterday that it was "better for all" that he left Madrid and expects Carlo Ancelotti, another former Chelsea manager, to succeed him at the Bernabeu.

Deciding which players to keep will be an immediate question for Mourinho, with Michael Essien and Romelu Lukaku among those who have returned from loan spells at various clubs around Europe.

Essien wants to stay at Chelsea if he is part of Mourinho's plans. "When Mourinho wants me to do a job for him, I will do it," said Essien. "Jose is the right man to take the club forward."

Persistent knee injuries have seriously curtailed Essien's influence at Chelsea over recent seasons, but he believes that he has returned to his best form during the loan spell at Madrid.

Meanwhile, Robert Lewandowski

seems certain to sign for Bayern Munich after confirming that he wants to leave Borussia Dortmund.

The 25-year-old grabbed headlines by scoring four goals against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first leg.

Bayern have already signed talented playmaker Mario Goetze from Dortmund for a reported fee of €37m. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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