Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that he would have left the Spanish club and joined cash-rich English club Manchester City had manager Jose Mourinho left Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.
Ronaldo has enjoyed phenomenal success at Madrid, netting 86 goals in 86 games since arriving in Spain from England’s Manchester United two seasons ago.
The personal success however is yet to turn into team trophies even though Madrid did win Copa del Rey last season, defeating arch-rivals Barcelona in the final. They were however upstaged by Barcelona in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.
Ronaldo said that although he has immensely enjoyed his stint with Madrid, he would have considered a move out had the reports linking Mourinho to a return to former club Chelsea turned out to be true.
“I think if I went from Spain it would be to the Premier League – but not now,” Ronaldo said. “First we have to win the Champions League. If I went back to the Premier League it would have to be with a club in the north west. I don’t like London.
“It’s flattering to be offered like $30 million a year – it’s very good, but I spoke to my agent and I think it’s better to stay in Madrid because this year we’re going to be the best. This season we are going to be a big force.
“Jose Mourhino is staying at Madrid so I stay. If he went to Chelsea then I would have left. I would have gone to Manchester City. But now he’s staying, I’m staying.”
But the relationship between player and coach has not always been harmonious. There were differences between Mourinho and Ronaldo over the defensive tactics employed by the Madrid manager in their Champions League defeat to Barcelona.