Jose Mourinho now believes that a deal to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester United would be an impossible task.
When speaking to ESPN in a news conference after United's pre-season game against LA Galaxy, Mourinho claimed that a deal to bring the Real Madrid talisman back to Old Trafford was never likely:
Mourinho says United 'won't waste time on players who are mission impossible' in relation to Ronaldo question.— Mark Ogden (@MarkOgden_) July 16, 2017
Mourinho was speaking after his teams successful pre-season game against LA Galaxy, where United ran out 5-2 winners.
In the game Mourinho gave his new signing, Romelu Lukaku, his debut for the club after he was bought on as a second half substitute.
Initially a £14m tax-fraud investigation sparked rumours that Ronaldo could be on the way to Old Trafford this summer to again link up with Mourinho. However a deal for the four time Ballon d,Or winner now looks off the cards.
Nevertheless, despite the signing of Romelu Lukaku, a deal for Ronaldo's teammate Alvaro Morata could still be on the cards.
In the interview, Mourinho claimed that the only reason Morata wasn't already a United player was because of Florentino Perez's stubbornness on the striker's asking price:
"Clubs put price tags on players, not the one who wants to buy. He belongs to Madrid. Madrid has decided and we have not come to an agreement. It is simple. It is a shame," claimed Mourinho.
"It is a player who made it to the first team with me. We have a special liking for, he is someone special. I enjoyed watching his evolution in Juventus and Madrid. It is like that. I don't think he can end with us."
Mourinho clearly admires Morata however it seems that unless Real Madrid drastically change their position, neither Ronaldo or Morata will be heading to Old Trafford this summer.