Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has seemingly distanced himself from suggestions that the club could re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid in the future.
The Portugal international had recently been associated with a surprise return to Old Trafford with Los Blancos reluctant to offer him an improved deal, on par with the likes of Neymar and Lionel Messi.
Speaking in his press conference on Thursday, Mourinho was quizzed about Ronaldo’s situation, and he appeared to dismiss any talks of re-signing the 32-year-old with Los Blancos in a tough position in the Spanish top-flight.
“I think with the moment Real Madrid is having now, I think I should be the last one to add some fuel to the fire,” he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“Madrid is on fire, the results are not good and it’s a club where I worked three years, I care about the club, and I am the last one to add fire.
“So, to put some water on the fire, Cristiano is the kind of player every manager and club wants, but he is a player for (Zinedine) Zidane and Real Madrid, that’s my feeling.”
Ronaldo left Old Trafford for the Bernabeu back in the summer of 2009, and he has been an established figure with the European champions, contributing 424 goals and a further 128 assists across all competitions.
The Portuguese’s performances have, however, dropped during the ongoing campaign, and he has managed just six goals in 15 La Liga appearances for Los Blancos, who are 19 points behind leaders Barcelona with a game in hand.
Should United possess any future interest, they may have to pay up a sum in excess of £100m, and the club’s hierarchy may not take such a risk on their former player, whose career is presumably on a decline as he approaches his 33rd birthday.