Jose Mourinho insists he had a good relationship with Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo although they did sometimes disagree on tactics.
The Portuguese pair’s relationship was considered fractured after Ronaldo reacted angrily to criticism from the bench during a Copa del Rey victory over Valencia in January.
After that, the winger chose not play in Mourinho’s final game in-charge at the Bernabeu, which the manager had claimed was due to an unspecified back problem and the previous 3-3 draw at Real Sociedad on May 26.
Mourinho told Spanish TV show Punta Pelota that those two games were the two occasions Ronaldo had failed to give his 100 per cent to the team, while A Bola and AS claimed Ronaldo does not have the intention of signing a new contract at the Bernabeu as he was disappointed Madrid president Florentino Perez had not publicly denied the ‘fake injury’ claims.
“Those two games in which he did not play have been almost the only ones because he has given everything for Real Madrid,” said Mourinho. “He felt a pain in his back. I do not doubt the injuries of my players.”
The Portuguese tactician also said it was now difficult to instruct the former Manchester United man from the bench as he reacts badly to criticism.
“He had three fantastic seasons with me. If I had a single problem with him, it was criticism from the point of tactics. I tried in my opinion to improve what could be improved. He did not accept it very well, because maybe he knows all and a coach cannot help him.