After suggesting Cristiano Ronaldo did not take his advice it appears any fleeting dream of CR7 in blue has now dissipated.
Every time I see my friend Liam, a die-hard Chelsea supporter, he bangs on about one transfer that he feels is definitely going to happen.
For Cristiano Ronaldo to Chelsea just makes sense to him.
And in many ways he is right.
There are only a handful of clubs in world football that can even contemplate affording the Portuguese forward. Chelsea are one of them alongside his current employers, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Manchester United and, evidently, AS Monaco.
And now with his countryman and former coach Jose Mourinho returning to Stamford Bridge there is even more reason to believe credence in wishful thinking of Ronaldo asking Ramires if he can have his number ‘7’ shirt.
Obviously being the awful friend that I am I like to put him down when he makes such a suggestion.
‘Ronaldo to Chelsea? Never going to happen’
So when I saw his name trending on Twitter this fine week day morning I feared the worst. When I then read that he would not be signing an extension to his deal upon his expiration in 2015 that fear became palpable.
Could Ronaldo really go to Chelsea?
He is certainly being touted with a move back to United or to France with PSG more than he is believed to be ready to follow Mourinho to South West London so the papers do not think so.
And then it hits me; a reminder of why I do not think Mourinho would bring Ronaldo to the club.
I am not sure that the two actually like each other all that much.
So imagine my relief when I read this extract from Spanish television show Punto Pelota:
"I had only one problem with him, very simple, very basic, which was when a coach criticises a player from a tactical viewpoint trying to improve what in my view could have been improved. And at that moment he didn't take it very well because maybe he thinks he knows everything and the coach cannot help him to develop more.’’
Rightly Ronaldo is never going to be a man who takes criticism well. He has all the technical ability of the world’s greats rolled into the athletic physique of an NFL footballer so what else can he do?
But this latest revelation perhaps makes it clearer than ever that Ronaldo will not be following Mourinho.
For as talented and excellent a player as he is have little doubt that Mourinho will be upstaged by nobody. As long as Mourinho is a Chelsea manager he will be the main attraction; so bringing in a player who does not take his advice to heed is never going to be an option.
So my friend Liam, and Chelsea fans everywhere, it looks like the Ronaldo at Chelsea dream is no more.
But at least you have Mourinho back to soften the blow.
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