Cristiano Ronaldo Reportedly Not Wanted by Jose Mourinho at Manchester United

LA CORUNA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 23:  Head coach Jose Mourinho (L) of Real Madrid CF gives instructions to Cristiano Ronaldo (2ndl) on the desk during the La Liga match between RC Deportivo La Coruna and Real Madrid CF at Riazor Stadium on February 23, 2013 in La Coruna, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has opted against a reunion with Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo

That’s according to Carlos Carpio of the Madrid-based daily Marca, which reported the Portuguese tactician will instead target Alvaro Morata. 

According to the report, Mourinho has a number of reservations regarding a deal for Ronaldo, including his age―he’s 32―the proposed transfer fee of €200 million and the fact the two did not get along by the time the Special One left Madrid.

Transfer speculation surrounding the Ballon d’Or holder has mounted since tax fraud allegations came to light earlier this month. Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol explained the situation:

A transfer doesn’t seem likely, however, as the forward is a crucial player for Los Blancos, and his contract situation makes him close to untouchable. President Florentino Perez told Onda Cero (h/t the Mirror‘s Joe Mewis) his buyout clause sits at £1 billion.

Ronaldo exit rumours have become a yearly occurrence in the summer, and these accusations mean a move is perhaps more likely, but fans of Real Madrid can still rest easy.

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