United lone runners in bid to sign Madrid star.Manchester United will not face competition from Chelsea in the race to sign Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, with Jose Mourinho ruling out a bid for his former player, the Metro reports.
The Portuguese international has been strongly linked with an exit from the Bernabeu in recent times, with speculation that he has become unsettled at the club following the sales of some key players this summer, with both Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso leaving the club.
A return to United now looks most likely for Ronaldo, who left Old Trafford in an £80m move to Real back in 2009, as Chelsea manager Mourinho has more or less ruled out the prospect of ever working with the 29-year-old again.
The pair struck up a successful partnership during Mourinho’s time in charge in Madrid, though it has also been suggested that their relationship broke down towards the end of his reign at the club, when he also notably fell out with other senior members of the squad.
Mourinho now claims that the two have no relationship and that their days of working together are very much in the past.
“The relationship between Ronaldo and myself is non-existent,” he said. “He plays for Real Madrid, I’m the Chelsea manager.
“You would not find us hanging around together. The relationship does not exist but the memories of his impact do.
“I have to remind myself that he is a goal machine who helped me become a Liga champion, win the Copa del Rey and the Supercopa.
“I try to keep the best memories of Cristiano Ronaldo with me and I wish him all the best in his career – especially with Portugal but also with his club.”