Jose Mourinho would welcome return of Dutch veteran.
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Jose Mourinho has revealed he would be ‘very happy’ if Ruud van Nistelrooy returns to Real Madrid.
The Dutchman scored 46 goals in 68 games over a three-and-a-half-year period with the Spanish giants before departing for Hamburglast January.
He has now been linked with a move away from the German club despite stating that he intends to honour his current contract, which expires in the summer.
Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to bring in another striker this month after Gonzalo Higuain underwent back surgery which is likely to rule him out for the rest of the season.
And the Portuguese tactician has admitted he would welcome Van Nistelrooy back to the club as he has a lot of admiration for the 34-year-old.
“There are lots of names being mentioned,” Mourinho said at a news conference at Real’s Valdebebas training ground outside Madrid on Saturday when asked about the former Holland international.
“If in the end it’s Ruud I’ll be very happy. We coincided in England and I know him well as a player and a person. I’d be very happy if it’s him.
“It would be very good for us to have another attacker because we are not many and we have a lot of matches to play.” (Sky Sports)
Real Madrid’s need for a new striker, at least in the short term with Gonzalo Higuain out injured, is well documented and a number of names have been linked with a move to the Bernabeu but perhaps a return to the club from Ruud Van Nistelrooy would be the best solution, after all the 34 year old was a big success for two of the four seasons he spent at the La Liga giants.
The former Man United man netted 53 goals in the first terms at the club, which helped Los Blancos to back to back titles but injury hampered his final two years at the club and he was offloaded to Hamburg where he has proved extremely effective and the striker has scored eight goals this season.
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