Mourinho: Ronaldo return 'impossible'

16 July 2017 12:12:48 EST

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford was not something the club considered this summer.

The Red Devils boss described re-signing his fellow Portuguese as 'mission impossible', insisting that there is simply no way Real Madrid would allow their talisman to leave.

The United boss remains open however to signing Alvaro Morata from the Spanish giants, if the price is right.

Ronaldo had been linked with a move back to Manchester after stories in Spain that the winger wanted to leave the Bernabeu following accusations by authorities that he has committed tax fraud.

He was heavily linked with his former club in June, having apparently told Madrid's power brokers he was unhappy and wanted to leave.

We have not been able to find a reason that could have made us think that Ronaldo could leave.

Jose Mourinho

Mourinho says he has no interest in pursuing an unrealistic target in the transfer market.

"We have never thought about it because he is such an important player for his club, of great economic power. We have not been able to find a reason that could have made us think that Ronaldo could leave," he told a press conference.

"I am not a defender in my club once you waste time on players who are mission impossible."

Mourinho appeared to leave the door open for his club to come to an agreement with Real Madrid for Morata however, despite last week's signing of Romelu Lukaku for £75m.

He says it is up to Madrid president Florentino Perez to accept a fair price for his player.

"It is a question for Florentino. What I said today is what I say today," he added.

"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."

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