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Jose backs Ronaldo to stay at Real

July 22, 2013
By ESPN staff

Former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is confident Cristiano Ronaldo will remain at the Bernabeu this summer despite interest from Manchester United.

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Mourinho, now the Chelsea boss for the second time in his career, believes the Portuguese forward will not follow his lead and return to a familiar old club, believing United are destined to fall short in their pursuit.

"I know Ronaldo loves Man United and I know he loves the Premier League, but I think he is going to stay [at Real]," Mourinho said. "It's just a feeling, no contact, nothing just a feeling."

Due to Real’s strong financial situation, Mourinho does not see how United manager David Moyes could entice the Spanish club to sell arguably their most important player, or offer a salary capable of tempting the player himself.

He said: "What I know is that Real Madrid is such a rich club they don't need to sell.

"It is such a rich club I think they can beat any offer a club can have on Ronaldo."

Ronaldo played in Real’s friendly against Bournemouth at Dean Court on Sunday evening. Afterwards, current Real boss Carlo Ancelotti underlined his certainty that Ronaldo will be staying with the club.

Asked about Ronaldo’s future, the Italian said: "His future is at Real Madrid, there is no question about this."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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