MILAN, Sporting Alert – Cristiano Ronaldo says he’s excited to see Jose Mourinho taking over at Manchester United, but have ruled out a reunion with his former manager at his ex-club.
Ronaldo, who played under Mourinho at Real Madrid, is backing the Portuguese coach to restore the identity at Old Trafford, but insists he won’t be joining his fellow countryman in England.
“I think it’s good,” the Real Madrid forward said.
“I hope Manchester United get back to what they were because it’s an impressive club but in the last years they lacked an identity a bit.”
He added: “And it hurts me seeing United like that because it’s a club I carry in my heart. I wish Mourinho can restore them back to the top.”
There have been several reports linking Ronaldo with a move back to Manchester United, but he quickly squashed those rumours – citing that he’s happy with his current situation with the Spanish club.
“Right now yes I am happy and I want to stay at this club,” Ronaldo said. “I don’t see any other club that is better than Real Madrid.
“If you weigh things up there is no better club.
“So all other clubs can forget about me because Real Madrid is the best.”
During their final season working together, Ronaldo and Mourinho famously did not get along in the latter part of the manager’s last term in charge at the Bernabeu in 2012-13.
Mourinho has replaced Louis van Gaal as the new manager at Manchester United and the former Chelsea, Inter Milan and Porto boss wants the fans to forget about the periods after Sir Alex Ferguson left.
David Moyes and Van Gaal were the men in charge during that periods.
“I feel great. I am honoured, I am proud, I am everything,” Mourinho said.
“But I am here to work and I cannot wait until July 7 to go out on the pitch.