Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hinted that he no longer has a good relationship with Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been strongly linked with a move to the Blues, as well as Manchester United and Manchester City, over the past two weeks.
The Portuguese coach, who worked with Ronaldo at the Bernabeu until his departure in 2013, indicated that Chelsea were unlikely to sign the current holder of the Ballon d’Or award. This news will undoubtedly come as a major boost to the Red Devils, who are reportedly weighing up a huge deal to bring the 29-year-old back to Old Trafford.
Mourinho reveals lack of relationship
In a revealing interview with TV1, Mourinho confirmed: "The relationship between Ronaldo and myself is non-existent.
"He plays for Real Madrid, I'm the Chelsea manager.
"You would not find us hanging around together. The relationship does not exist but the memories of his impact do.”
Mourinho forces himself to remember good moments
The Chelsea boss, who spectacularly fell out with the majority of his Real Madrid squad in the months leading up to his exit at the Bernabeu, then revealed that he is forced to remember the fact that Ronaldo helped him win multiple titles in Spain in order, one might presume, to avoid any feelings of bitterness.
"I have to remind myself that he is a goal machine who helped me become a Liga champion, win the Copa del Rey and the Supercopa,” Mourinho added. "I try to keep the best memories of Cristiano Ronaldo with me and I wish him all the best in his career - especially with Portugal but also with his club."
Chelsea now out of the running
Mourinho’s surprising comments almost certainly leave Chelsea out of the running to sign Ronaldo, either in January or next summer.
It’s understood that the Portuguese superstar, who has netted a remarkable 257 goals in 252 games since joining Los Blancos for a world-record £80 million fee from Manchester United in 2009, is currently unhappy at Real Madrid.
He is at odds with the policies of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and is troubled by the club’s decision to sell key players including Gonzalo Higuain, Mesut Ozil, Angel di Maria and Xabi Alonso over the past 18 months.
United may need to pay £120m+
A number of figures have been banded around in recent days as to what it might cost Manchester United to re-sign their former number seven.
The Daily Star believe that the Red Devils would need to shell out in excess of £120 million to bring him back to Old Trafford - although this price might factor in his potential wages, which would range from £300,000-a-week to an astronomical £500,000-a-week.
Ronaldo is currently regarded by many as the world’s best player - although just as many would argue that Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is the current best and the greatest of all time - but the fact he turns 30 in February means his value will soon begin to decrease.
This might tempt Real Madrid to cash-in, while his value remains sky high, before the start of the 2015/16 campaign.