Chelsea may still be Premier League champions and one of the richest teams in world football, but are unlikely to ever sign Cristiano Ronaldo.
Jose Mourinho was seen attending the film premiere of his compatriot’s new film, sparking speculation his former winger could be set for a move to Stamford Bridge. However given Ronaldo’s love and affection for former club Manchester United, it is hard to imagine the 30-year-old ever joining another English club.
Reports have suggested that, despite becoming the club’s all-time leading scorer, Ronaldo could be set to end his six-year stint at the Santiago Bernabeu.
He was apparently sad at Los Blancos’ decision to part with Carlo Ancelotti, and is yet to replicate his best form under new manager and former rival Rafael Benitez. His body language seems to suggests he requires a new challenge, with obvious names such as United and Paris Saint-Germain being linked with a stunning move for his services.
Despite Sir Alex Ferguson having departed, United are his favoured destination, though Spanish football expert Guillem Balague believes a move is now unlikely for business reasons.
PSG have the money to lure him to the French capital but, with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Angel Di Maria and Edinson Cavani, already possess sufficient firepower.
Despite Ronaldo admitting he would be open to linking up with Mourinho again, relations between the two were soured during their time in the Spanish capital.
Although the Chelsea boss delivered the solitary La Liga title of Ronaldo’s time in Spain back in 2012, his defensive tactics often nullified his winger’s contribution, particularly in the Clasico
matches with Barcelona.
The 30-year-old was also part of the mutiny that eventually lead to Mourinho being sacked, with a Copa Del Ray final defeat to Atletico Madrid the factor that ultimately saw him leave Spain for the
Stamford Bridge hotseat.
If the pair are to be reunited then it would most likely be in Paris or Madrid, with Mourinho known to favour a return to the latter given his failure to win the Champions League during his time in
The main reason Ronaldo will never bear Chelsea’s blue is that he feels a sense of loyalty towards United who helped mould him into the player he is today.
He was even close to rejoining the Red Devils in 2013 but the decision to appoint David Moyes proved too big of a risk to take. Even though they currently lie just three points above the relegation zone Chelsea are also blessed with players in his position.
Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro can all operate in the same positions and, as flops like Mohamed Salah and Juan Cuadrado have proved, a big money transfer is not necessarily a way to
guarantee an upturn in fortunes.