The rumours surrounding Chelsea’s reported interest in launching a stunning bid to land Cristiano Ronaldo never really threatened to take off, but it would appear that Jose Mourinho is adamant that he makes it clear no agreement is ever going to be reached all the same.
Yesterday reports broke carrying quotes from The Special One which seemed to criticise Ronaldo for his penalty miss which cost Real Madrid a Champions League final spot in 2012.
Criticising Ronaldo again
On that occasion Ronaldo missed his penalty, and Madrid were dumped out by Bayern Munich, who subsequently went on to lose to Chelsea in the final. And, not content with merely pointed out his anguish at Ronaldo’s mistake once, Mourinho has yet again voiced an opinion which could further push a wedge between his relationship with the £60 million-rated Madrid star.
The Blues boss described Ronaldo’s miss as “a frustration which never goes away” whilst talking to a Portuguese TV station and, though he didn’t mention the player’s name specifically, appears to have made it clear to all that he harbours no intentions of signing him.
This follows an apparent break-down between Mourinho and the Portuguese superstar when the former left Madrid. Very much a case of egos clashing, the pair never really realised the potential their partnership was expected to fulfil, with Mourinho instead choosing to return to Chelsea.
That could leave Manchester United free to move for Ronaldo next summer, with the Galactico reportedly unsettled at the Santiago Bernabeu and ready to leave so long as Louis van Gaal offers him a lucrative contract.
The Dutchman has already spent £150 million since becoming manager at Old Trafford, but the return of Ronaldo would take his reputation with the fans, which is currently still healthy, to a whole new level. Whether or not the forward will consent to move back to England remains to be seen, but United remain favourites for now.
But fear not Chelsea fans as speculation infers that Mourinho is already working on securing the future of a player deemed capable of emanating Ronaldo’s talents to some extent.
Talks over a new lengthy deal for Eden Hazard appear to be heading in a very positive direction, with the Belgian international poised to pledge his future to Stamford Bridge for at least the next five years. An agreement with current No.1 Thibaut Courtois will likely follow, though the idea of any contract being handed to Petr Cech looks premature.