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Mourinho: ‘Ronaldo return never an option’


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has addressed speculation linking Cristiano Ronaldo to a sensational return to Old Trafford, saying it was “never on the table”.

It was reported in Sunday’s newspapers that Mourinho urged Manchester United not to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo.

Mourinho and Ronaldo worked together at Real Madrid and will meet head to head in this season’s Champions League group stage as both Manchester United and Juventus have been drawn in Group H.

“Juventus is one of the teams in Europe that invested to win the Champions League because they don’t need to invest to win the Scudetto. They win the Scudetto for six or seven years.” Mourinho told Sky Sports after United’s 2-0 win at Burnley.

“The objective is clearly to win the Champions League, which they were close twice when they reached the final, so they are a top team in Europe that made one of the biggest spending – I think after Liverpool it must be them.

“Fantastic players – Cristiano, (Emre) Can and (Leonardo) Bonucci. Absolutely top. But they are going to have two very difficult matches against us.

“Cristiano was never on my table to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to Cristiano to come to us. It was never on the table.”