Premier League - Mourinho: Real Madrid would never sell Ronaldo to Manchester United

Jose Mourinho has suggested Manchester United would not be able to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.

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Premier League - Mourinho: Real Madrid would never sell Ronaldo to Manchester United
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Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid (Reuters)

The Chelsea manager was in charge of Ronaldo at the Bernabeu until this summer, and predicts that his former club would not sell the Portuguese superstar at any price.

United are linked with the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Gareth Bale, and there has even been talk of a Ronaldo homecoming - but they have yet to make a major signing under David Moyes.

“What I know is that Real Madrid is such a rich club that they don’t need to sell and it is such a rich club I think they can ‘eat’ any offer a club can have on Ronaldo,” said Mourinho.

“I know Ronaldo loves Man United and I know he loves the Premier League but I think he is going to stay. It’s just a feeling.”

United sold Ronaldo to Spain in 2009 for a world record fee of £80m, and new manager Carlo Ancelotti has also restated the importance of keeping hold of him. Ronaldo's current deal with the club expires in 2015.

"He is very important for us – I would like him to stay with us," he said, after Ronaldo scored two in a pre-season friendly against Bournemouth.

"“He's a phenomenal player, a great professional," Ancelotti said. "His contract renewal is not my job, but I do not think it'll be a problem.”

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