Jose Mourinho has jokingly made a 'leave Italy now' plea to Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been linked with a move away from Old Lady this summer.
Mourinho, who Tottenham Hotspur sacked in April, has joined AS Roma as their manager on a three-year contract, and the Portuguese tactician will be returning to Serie A after a long time, having previously been at Inter Milan between 2008 and 2010.
In Italy, Mourinho will come up against Juventus, and the Old Lady will have in their ranks Ronaldo should he stay at the club beyond this summer. And, Mourinho, who coached Ronaldo at Real Madrid for three years from 2010 to 2013, is full of praise for the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, while also joking the 36-year-old should leave him in peace in Italy.
"He should leave Italy now and leave me in peace.!" Mourinho joked on talkSPORT when asked about Ronaldo. He added: "Everybody says, and I say the same, he’s not 25 any more. He’s 36. He doesn’t score 50 goals, but how many did he score? 35.
“The record is incredible, the numbers speak by itself."
Meanwhile, Ronaldo's Juventus' future is up in the air, and he could leave the Bianconeri this summer, with his former side Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain mooted as potential destinations, but nothing has been decided yet and will likely not be until the Euro 2020 comes to a close.