Jose Mourinho may be given the perfect welcome back gift by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo, who has battled with Lionel Messi for the past five years for the title of the world’s greatest player, is thought to be unhappy at Real Madrid. Apparently he doesn’t feel he is protected and looked after at Madrid, in the same way Messi is at Barcelona.
He now has only two years left on his contract and has so far refused to sign a new deal. That leaves Madrid in a position where they are forced to sell him rather than allow his value to plummet as his contract runs down.
Poor relationship with club president
Madrid’s former president Roman Calderon spoke about Ronaldo’s situation this week as Talksport report. He said: “Cristiano Ronaldo said he was sad at the beginning of the season. I think the relationship with the current president is not a good one, maybe because the president doesn’t like the players he inherited.
“He did the same with Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder. It was unbelievable that when he came he decided to give them away. Then, the next season, they were playing in the Champions League, in the Bernabeu, against Real Madrid for their respective new clubs.
“Ronaldo wanted to breach his contract. The truth is he didn’t want to extend his contract and it’s only got two years left [to run]. In the last few years it’s a rule that you have to extend the contract or sell. If not, then the player is worth nothing.”
Only three clubs can afford him
Calderon went to say that there are only Manchester City, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain that would be able to afford the transfer fee and wages that would be required to sign Ronaldo.
There had been talk of the forward being reunited with Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford but now that he’s retired its unlikely Ronaldo will be interested in United.
He does however, have respect and admiration for Jose Mourinho despite the two squabbling early in their respective careers. Ronaldo has been the key player for Mourinho during his time in Madrid and the ‘Special One’ would be keen to bring him to Stamford Bridge to kick start Chelsea’s efforts in regaining the Premier League crown.
All this talk of Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid of course will have Tottenham fans sitting uneasy in their chairs as this is only the beginning of what will be a long summer battle to try and keep hold of Gareth Bale.