The Manchester United manager believes the star striker will spend the rest of his playing days with the Spanish giants, unless he wants to wind down his career over in the United States as an MLS player.
“I believe that Real Madrid cannot sell him, it is prohibited,” Mourinho told Portuguese newspaper Record, via Marca. “He has to stay until the moment they authorise him to go and play one year in America or anywhere else that he wants to enjoy. It is a closed door.”
Though that includes United on the list of teams who can only daydream about Ronaldo, Mourinho feels the club, along with any other outfit, wouldn’t hesitate at the chance if it became available.
“I don’t think so, but all the people know his history in Manchester, the passion they have for him and that there are players in the world who, if the clubs have the possibility of signing, will not say no,” Mourinho said.
Maybe Ronaldo will head to the MLS eventually, but for now, he’s still on top of his game and one of the faces of European football.
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