Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has suggested - with tongue in cheek - he would "open the door" for Cristiano Ronaldo to play at Stamford Bridge after seeing him mature in the last few years.
Scolari coached Ronaldo with Portugal and described how he likes the Manchester
United winger as a father likes a son.
Ronaldo has recovered from ankle surgery and is expected to feature at Stamford
Bridge for Manchester United on Sunday.
"Now he is one of the three best players in the world," Scolari said. "I
said that two years ago, and I repeat it now.
"When I was at Portugal, I had to choose three players every year (for FIFA
World Player of the Year). One year I chose Didier Drogba as one of my three.
Another year, I wrote John Terry. Another year I wrote Frank Lampard.
"Now these three players are with me, and that's very good for me. Maybe next
season, Cristiano is with me. Very good. If he wants to change, I'll open the
door to that."
"When I arrived in Portugal, Ronaldo was a kid. A young boy, 17 years old,"
Scolari said. "At that time, he had a good character. He was starting as a very
good professional, but at that time he was already thinking about his future.
"He's improved himself, very well, in the five or six years since. More in
Manchester than with the national team. He lives in Manchester 11 months of the
year. Only one month a year with the national team.
"I've seen him improve. Next season, I can see him as a captain with Portugal
because people like him and he has the confidence for that. He's a very good
man, helps the other players, a good attitude on and off the pitch. He has grown
up and matured.
"Now, at this time of life, Ronaldo is mature and is better than one or two