Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has lifted the lid on life under Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, and says the Special One created a 'bad atmosphere' during his time at the Bernabeu leading up to his departure.
Mourinho spent three seasons in Spain, helping them to win the Copa del Rey and the league title in that time.
However his tenure was dogged by rumours of scandal and controversy, and he left under a cloud last year to take up the reigns at Chelsea.
Having ended his last season with Real Madrid trophy-less, Ronaldo claimed in an interview that by the time of his departure, the mood within the club had already turned sour.
He told the Sun: ‘There was a bad atmosphere and it was a difficult period in personal terms.
‘There were situations with other players and also with the fans.’
Ronaldo's comments are hardly likely to come as a surprise given Mourinho's controversial exit from Madrid. He is said to have fallen out with a host of key players including Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos, while an explosive book about his time in La Liga claimed the Chelsea boss branded his players 'sons of bitches'.
Despite the fact both hail from Portugal, Ronaldo insisted he does not share a close relationship with Mourinho.
"Of all my managers, the only one I have a friendship with is Sir Alex Ferguson," he insisted. "But I’m not in football to have friends. I’m here to win."
Now back at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho appears to be more at ease in his job and Chelsea are tipped as favourites to win the Premier League. They are currently unbeaten in their first three games, and came through a scare against Everton yesterday to claim a dramatic 6-3 win at Goodison Park.