Jose Mourinho is fondly remembered by his former FC Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan players, but not so by the Real Madrid ones.
That’s because during the end of his three-year spell as the Spanish club’s coach, he fell out with pretty much all the members of the team.
Luka Modric, Diego Lopez and Michael Essien (on loan from Chelsea to Madrid for 2012-13) were reportedly just a handful of players who did not fall out with Mourinho.
Fellow Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo backed Mourinho until towards the end of the 2012-13 campaign when the now Chelsea manager claimed that Madrid started the 2012-13 league season ‘in a sad state’, alluding to the 29-year-old’s revelation of being sad at the club back in September 2012.
Mourinho won La Liga and the Copa del Rey once each at Madrid and led the team to three successive Champions League semi-finals, but his time in the Spanish capital is replete with controversies and ended badly.
And it now seems that the 51-year-old does not have much to do with the Madrid players anymore, claiming that he has no relationship whatsoever with Ronaldo.
‘The relationship between Ronaldo and myself is non-existent’, Goal.com quotes Mourinho as telling TV1. ‘He plays for Real Madrid, I'm the Chelsea manager.
‘You would not find us hanging around together. The relationship does not exist but the memories of his impact do.
‘I have to remind myself that he is a goal machine who helped me become a Liga champion, win the Copa del Rey and the Supercopa’.
Mourinho’s comments are very diplomatic and professional, and he does give Ronaldo credit for his goalscoring prowess by calling him a ‘goal machine’.
But it seems that the Chelsea boss will not be too keen to work with his compatriot again.