Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has no interest in claims from predecessor Jose Mourinho that his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo has become ‘non-existent’ since leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.
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Ronaldo’s future has been the subject of frequent speculation in recent weeks, and Chelsea have been credited with an interest in the player, but Mourinho threw this very hypothetical transfer into doubt with his assessment of the situation.
The Chelsea manager says there is no longer a relationship between himself and Ronaldo, although he does hold fond memories of the time the two spent together with Real Madrid, during which they won the league title.
Ancelotti was asked for a response to these comments from Mourinho during his Friday press conference, but was not prepared to be drawn into any answer of note adding, quite rightly, that it is of no consequence to Real Madrid.
"I don't know what his relationship with Cristiano is like, nor am I interested,” Ancelotti told reporters.
“It is a personal relationship and has nothing to do with Real Madrid.”
Ronaldo remains very much a trending topic - with Mourinho, Ancelotti and Louis van Gaal all passing comment about him this week - and will continue to be unless he himself publicly outlines his commitment to Madrid.
While it had initially appeared that the prospect of Ronaldo leaving Madrid was remote despite his apparent concerns with Florentino Perez, it would now seem that a transfer to Manchester United is something of a possibility.
Manchester United have an interest in Ronaldo, of that it is almost certain, although plenty of things will have to fall into place if the 29-year-old is indeed to return to Old Trafford, most pertinent being Madrid’s willingness to sell.
There have been some enormous costs mentioned with regards a potential deal, with a reported transfer fee of £60 million and wages of £500,000-per-week, although Madrid are, of course, under no obligation to let go of their most prized asset.
They may well, however, take into consideration that Ronaldo will turn 30 next year and, although he has shown no indication of being a player on the decline, that would be quite a fee to receive for a player who, in traditional school of thought, would be beyond his best.