Mourinho: Ronaldo renewal no surprise
Jose Mourinho says he was not surprised by Cristiano Ronaldo renewing his contract at Real Madrid as he felt it was logical for such a “fantastic player” to remain at the “fantastic club”.
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Mourinho -- who clashed with his fellow Portuguese during their final year together at the Bernabeu -- made the comments during a video conference call on Monday with old friends from Madrid youth team Canillas, where the Chelsea boss’ son played during the family’s time in Spain.
During the Skype call, which found its way onto Marca’s website, Mourinho said he had never expected Ronaldo to leave Madrid.
“It seems normal to me,” Mourinho said. “When a fantastic club has a fantastic player, a divorce does not make much sense. I think that Madrid have done very well to renew him and keep a player with fantastic numbers. I do not want to comment on Cristiano’s personal choice, but it seems a very normal choice when you are at a club like Madrid. It is the end I expected.”
Mourinho had also had issues with goalkeeper Iker Casillas during his time at the Bernabeu, and had controversially relegated him to the bench. His successor, Carlo Ancelotti, has also selected Diego Lopez as his No. 1, although the Italian has said he has found the decision difficult.
Mourinho, though, said he was no longer concerned about the issue.
“I do not care who is in goal [for Madrid],” he said. “It is not my problem if Ancelotti manages it well or not. I did not see the Villarreal game as I was travelling, but they told me Diego played a great game and I was happy for him. If Casillas plays against Galatasaray I hope he does the same."
Prior to the signing of Diego Lopez in January, Antonio Adan had briefly taken Casillas’ place in goal, but he was released from his contract earlier this month.
Mourinho said that the fact that the 26-year-old -- seen by the Spanish media as collateral damage from last season’s internal feuding at the Bernabeu -- was now left in limbo without a club was not really his concern.
“You have to make your stories with someone else -- that is all over,” he said. “Adan will find a club soon, and I hope all goes well for him.”
Mourinho said a return to the Bernabeu bench was very unlikely, and that he hoped for a long stay at Chelsea.
“It was a good period at Madrid,” he said. “My club in Spain is Madrid. I will always be with them, except when they take on Chelsea. I do not think I will return to Madrid -- I am where I want to be, and where I am happiest. I will not leave Chelsea for personal reasons, only when everyone at the club is in agreement, when we all think that is enough, or there must be a change made.”
He also stressed it would be up to Spain coach Vicente del Bosque to determine if Chelsea's Fernando Torres and Juan Mata were getting enough game time to be ready for next summer’s World Cup.
“That is for the Spain coach to decide,” he said. “Sometimes players are called up who have not played [for their club]. I just stick to my own work. They are two top professionals, good players, and they will play more or less.”