Jose Mourinho has an ally in his bid to turn Real Madrid from a support act into the showstopper next season.
Cristiano Ronaldo is determined to help his side topple Barcelona and, in the face of speculation linking him to Manchester City, has vowed to be around to do so as long as Mourinho remains in charge.
Real are 13/8 to win La Liga next season and 5/1 second favourites to win the Champions League and having watched Barcelona dominate both domestic and European football over the past three years, Ronaldo knows his side have their work cut out.
But while Ronaldo is prepared to justify his £80m price tag in the Spanish capital, the former Manchester Untied midfielder revealed he would love to return to the Premier League one day reports today’s Sunday Mirror.
Manchester City have tested Real Madrid’s resolve already this transfer window and while they may have failed to convince Ronaldo to return to the north west of England this summer, they can be hopeful of landing the player in the future if reports are to be believed.
However Ronaldo himself has rubbished today’s article in the Sunday Mirror via Twitter saying: “The Sunday Mirror publishes an interview with me today. All that content is false. I have never spoke with the newspaper, and never made those statements.”
The Mirrorfootball.com editor Dan Silver is investigating the claims made by Ronaldo and said this via Twitter: “Trying to get to bottom of @Cristiano Ronaldogate. Been told there’s ‘only’ 2 or 3 hours of tapes from interview that ‘never happened’.”
It seems we haven’t heard the last of this and both Manchester United and Manchester City fans will be eager to hear just what happened in this Cristiano Ronaldo interview.