Tensions between the Portuguese international and the ex-Liverpool and Chelsea boss appeared to have reached boiling point when Ronaldo was captured on video reacting angrily during a training session, which came on the back of an awkward moment between the two just a week earlier.
Benitez dismissed the notion that the pair aren’t on the best of terms and admitted he has no problem with Ronaldo getting angry in training provided he delivers when it matters most:
“My relationship with him is good,” the former Napoli manager revealed [via Star Sport].
“When someone gets angry during a training session, but then does their job, there’s no problem, it’s fine.”
Rumours of a bust-up between the pair has led to intense speculation that Manchester United are interested in bringing Ronaldo back to Old Trafford in what would be the biggest transfer of the summer and Benitez refused to be drawn on suggestions that the 30-year-old will depart the Santiago Bernabeu:
“Ronaldo to United? I never answer the question because I cannot answer the question. I want to.”
“But it is not good for Manchester United, it is not good for the player and it is not good for me,” Benitez added.
Ronaldo was back on the scoresheet during Los Blancos’ 4-1 victory over Manchester City in a pre-season friendly earlier in the week as he doubled the lead by lifting the ball over Joe Hart after latching on to a superb pass from Toni Kroos.
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