Manchester United have received a huge boost in the race for Cristiano Ronaldo after the news emerged that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who was expected to be their biggest rivals for a potential transfer over the near future, has no relationship with the player that he can comment on, as reported by the Daily Star.
Man Utd are thought to be lining up a move to bring the Portuguese international winger back to Old Trafford at the end of the new season.
They are said to have earmarked a £60 million fee for the player already, and are thought to be able to increase his Real Madrid wages, where he earns less than the likes of Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria, two recent arrivals at Old Trafford.
Chelsea were, however, thought to be potential rivals for his signature, especially given Mourinho’s spell working with Ronaldo at Real, but the manager insists that this could not be further from the case.
He said: “The relationship between Ronaldo and myself is non-existent.
“You would not find us hanging around together. The relationship does not exist but the memories of his impact do.
“I have to remind myself that he is a goal machine who helped me become a Liga champion, win the Copa del Rey and the Supercopa.
“I try to keep the best memories of Cristiano Ronaldo with me and I wish him all the best in his career – especially with Portugal but also with his club.”