Jose Mourinho appears to have quashed any talk of Chelsea taking an interest in signing Cristiano Ronaldo, potentially handing Manchester United a clear run as they look to bring the player back to the Premier League.
This is according to the Daily Star, who report that Mourinho - currently in his second stint in charge in West London - simply answered with a resounding 'forget it' when quizzed on Chelsea's reported interest in taking the Real Madrid superstar to Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho has managed compatriot Ronaldo at club level before, of course, with the self-proclaimed 'Special One' having spent an eventful three years in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu between 2010-13.
While the high-profile pair's working relationship appeared to function adequately to begin with, it did notably sour towards the end of Mourinho's stint in La Liga amid apparent claims from the latter that reigning Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo was unwilling to accept criticism.
The obvious breakdown in communication between the duo meant that Chelsea's apparent eagerness to see 29-year-old Ronaldo join the club was greeted with surprise in many quarters, although at this stage it is unclear if that is the key reason that Mourinho is not interested in such a switch.
Manchester United hope
Mourinho's swift dismissal of a potential reunion with Ronaldo may give significant hope to Manchester United - the club with whom the Portugal captain made his name during a glorious and unforgettable six-year spell between 2003-09 before his then-record move to Madrid.
Despite Ronaldo having only last year put pen-to-paper on a lucrative new deal that ties him to Real until the summer of 2018, rumours have been abound that the Red Devils are planning a £60 million move for the former Sporting Lisbon starlet that would see his weekly earnings possibly rise to a staggering £300,000-per-week.
Ronaldo keen on return?
While a transfer of that magnitude may seem unlikely at this stage, Ronaldo did recently refuse to rule out the idea of one day returning to ply his trade at Old Trafford once again.
"I love Manchester [United]," he was quoted earlier this month.
"Everyone knows that. I have said it many times. Manchester is in my heart. I left many good friends there, the supporters are amazing and I wish I can come back one day.
"I am happy in Real Madrid and have four more years [on my contract], but in the future you never know because they treated me unbelievably there. I really did love being at Manchester United."
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