Jose Mourinho has refused to discuss rumours surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s potential departure from Real Madrid but did note that the European Champions were currently on fire – and not in a good way.
Talk of Ronaldo ending up at a new club over the summer erupted when it emerged that Ronaldo wanted to leave Spain amid accusations of tax fraud.
The Portuguese didn’t go anywhere in the end but Real’s poor form this season, leaving them fourth and 19 points off leaders Barcelona, has led to further rumours of a possible departure.
And Mourinho, speaking at a press conference today, couldn’t help but point out that Real were in some serious trouble.
Jose also spoke about @Cristiano "I think with the moment @realmadriden is having now I think I should be the last one to add some fuel to the fire, Madrid is on fire, the results are not good. Cristiano is kind of player every manager + club wants but Zidane + Real Madrid have."
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) January 25, 2018
There aren’t many things more Mourinho than declaring you don’t want to add flames to the fire by noting that Real are, in fact, very much on fire.
We shouldn’t go down this avenue again. Ronaldo is now 33, his best days behind him, and the process of securing his signature would be overwhelming.
But Mourinho’s point is still valid: the La Liga champions are in trouble, and the upheaval over the summer – perhaps even earlier in the case of Zinedine Zidane – promises to be considerable to say the least.
United pounced at the opportunity to sign Alexis Sanchez; they’ll hope to pull off similar masterstrokes with players (Gareth Bale, Mateo Kovacic, Raphael Varane, Marco Asensio and Toni Kroos are all reported targets) leaving the Bernabeu in the summer.