Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has rejected all rumours suggesting he told the club that he doesn’t want Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford in the summer.
Ronaldo has been strongly linked with Premier League return with United wanted him back home after nine years at Real Madrid.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has made his name at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson following a move from Sporting Lisbon in 2003.
Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 appearances for the Red Devils before leaving for Real Madrid in 2009 for a world record transfer fee at the time.
The Portugal international cost La Liga giants £80m (€94m) but he joined Juventus for a £90m deal last month.
It was reported during the weekend that Mourinho told United’s board that Ronaldo is not needed at Old Trafford.
However, the United boss has made it clear that the offer of the Portugal skipper was never on the table.
“Cristiano was never on my table to say yes or no,” Mourinho told reporters. “Cristiano to come to us, it was never on my table.”
Ronaldo managed to score 450 goals 438 appearances for Real Madrid during his nine-year spell at Santiago Bernabeu.