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Ronaldo unsure about Mourinho's Real Madrid future

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Cristiano Ronaldo is confident that Jose Mourinho will remain in charge of Real Madrid for the rest of the 2012/13 campaign, but admitted that he does not know what the future holds for his manager beyond that.

The Portuguese tactician finds himself under increasing pressure at the Santiago Bernabeu, with the club's Primera Division title defence in tatters, after falling 16 points behind rivals Barcelona in the Liga table.

Rumours of growing unrest amongst the first-team squad has also made Mourinho's position uncertain, with Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas the most high-profile star to have fallen out with the 50-year-old.

But, while questions continue to surface about the 'Special One' and more specifically his long-term future in the Spanish capital, Ronaldo believes there will be no managerial change at Real Madrid, until at least the end of the season.

"I don't know [what Mourinho will do once the season finishes]," the 28-year-old is quoted by AS. "I think he will continue until the end of the season at least, because he's a coach who always wants to win and we have several challenges ahead which we can achieve.

"After that he will decide what's best for him, for his professional group and for the club. But I don't know what either he or the club thinks and therefore I prefer not to talk about this subject."

There were also reports of a rift between Ronaldo and Mourinho last month, but the Portuguese forward was keen to move on, insisting that their relationship is fine.

"It's a very personal issue, it's sorted and everything's fine," he added. "Things that happen in the dressing room stay in the dressing room."

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