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Why Mourinho will block Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United

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With news that Cristiano Ronaldo might be set to leave Real Madrid, one of his possible destinations will be Manchester United, which he left in 2009 for the La Liga champions in a then world record fee of £80million.

United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, has made no secret of his desire to bring back their former star player.

But Ronaldo, even at 32, will command a transfer fee in excess of £100m and a weekly wage of £365,000.

A big stumbling block to the deal however, will be manager Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho worked with his fellow countryman during his three-year spell at the Bernabeu and with whom he endured a tense relationship at times.

United are also pushing ahead with a £65m move for Real striker Alvaro Morata and there is no suggestion they would pull the plug on that deal on the off-chance Ronaldo may be available.

 

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