Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has said he does not see Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid this summer, despite ongoing reports.
After winning an impressive five trophies with Madrid this year and the Ballon d’Or title, Ronaldo should be enjoying life in the Spanish capital.
However, league form and a dip in his own personal form has seen an exit look increasingly more likely with reports now claiming he has told Madrid, team-mates and close friends that his time at the Santiago Bernabeu will come to an end in the summer.
Various reports in Spanish press have emerged since the 3-0 El Clasico defeat to Barcelona in December, whilst further claims have followed after a dismal 2-1 defeat to Leganes on Wednesday evening.
It is now being reported that a Ronaldo’s representatives have told Madrid that he wants to leave the club and move back to Manchester.
“I think that, given the moment Real Madrid are having now, I think I should be the last one to add some fuel to the fire,” Mourinho told reporters on Thursday.
“Madrid is on fire; the results are not good and it’s a club where I worked three years. I cared about the club, I am the last one to add to the fire.
“Cristiano is the type of player everyone wants but only one club and one Coach can have. That is Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane, that is my feeling.”
Various English sources pick up the rumours, prompting speculation that Madrid could now push forward with moves for linked players, such as Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane PSG duo Kylian Mbappe and Neymar and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.
Ronaldo has scored just four league goals this season, and a return to former club Man United has long been discussed with Mourinho said to be extremely keen on reuniting with the Portuguese star.