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Ronaldo: Mourinho will stay at Real Madrid

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Ronaldo has back Mourinho to turn things around (©GettyImages)
Ronaldo has back Mourinho to turn things around (©GettyImages).

Cristiano Ronaldo believes Jose Mourinho will not quit his post as Real Madrid manager at the end of the season.

Mourinho’s role at Real Madrid has been called into question after a poor start to the season which has seen his side fall 16 points behind rivals and La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Madrid’s season so far has also been punctuated with rumours of rifts and falling outs, with Spain captain Iker Casillas surprisingly dropped for Madrid’s recent 3-2 defeat against Malaga.

Mourinho has previously expressed his desire to return to the Premier League, ans has been linked with taking charge at Manchester City, Manchester United and his former club Chelsea.

Asked whether Mourinho would leave Madrid at the end of the season, Ronaldo insisted the Portuguese coach is the right man for the job and should stay put.

"I do not know,” he told reporters upon his return to training with Madrid following the winter break. “It depends on his situation and the club. I would love him to stay because he is the right coach. He is a top coach for a top club. I think he is going to stay but everyone chooses their future."

Ronaldo also insisted he wasn’t surprised by Mourinho’s decision to drop Casillas, and said the decision was made for the benefit of the group.

"For me, in football, nothing surprises me," he continued. "His [Casillas'] replacement was a technical decision that we must respect. Here the coach is the boss and he makes decisions for the benefit of the group."

Ronaldo, along with Mourinho, has seen his future called into question this season after he admitted he was ‘sad’ at Madrid back in September, reportedly because of a lack of backing over his campaign to win the Ballon d'Or.

More recently reports have suggested the Portguese superstar was ready to turn down a contract offer from Los Blancos and try and secure a move back to Manchester United, who he left to join Real Madrid for £80 million back in 2009.

The 27-year-old insists he is not worried about his own future, and wants to instead focus on winning games for Madrid when the action gets back underway in La Liga.

"That issue has already been spoken about. I will not talk any more about my renewal," he said.

"The important thing is to win the next matches. We are fighting for La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League. The important thing is being together.

"I intend to repay [my fans] in the best possible way, which is to play well, to give my best for the shirt and to be on top of my game to help Real Madrid."

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