Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has played down rumours linking Cristiano Ronaldo with a sensational return to Old Trafford.
The Portuguese tactician insisted only one club in the world can have the five times Ballon d’Or winner, when quizzed if a possible return to Old Trafford is possible.
The Portuguese forward has been linked with a move away from Santiago Bernabeu this month due to rumoured rift between him and Madrid’s president Florentino Perez.
Spanish media claims Ronaldo is unhappy at Bernabeu following a lack of progress in talks over a new contract and a return to former club was being considered by the superstar.
Speaking in a press briefing ahead of United Carabao Cup game against Yeovil Town on Friday, Mourinho dismisses the report when he said:
“I think with the moment Real Madrid is having now, I think I should be the last one to add some fuel to the fire,” Mourinho said.
“Madrid is on fire, the results are not good and it’s a club where I worked three years. I cared about the club, I am the last one to add fire.”
“To put some water on the fire, Cristiano is the kind of player every manager and club wants but only one manger and club can have – Zidane and Real Madrid. That’s my feeling.”
Madrid poor run of form have intensified the rumours linking the star away from Spain capital.
The Champions League defending champions are currently sitting fourth on the league table with 19 points behind rival and league leaders Barcelona and were knocked out of the Copa del Rey competition by Leganes on Wednesday night.
Ronaldo ,who currently earns £365,000-a-week has been on a poor form this season.
The current world best player has only managed to score six league goals this season, which is his worst since moving to Bernabeu in 2009.