CR7 AND MOU
José Mourinho could take over at Cristiano Ronaldo's Al Nassr
The problems at Al Nassr, Cristiano Ronaldo’s club, have cost head coach Rudi García his job. They're second in the league, three points off the top.
Following García’s sacking, José Mourinho is in the frame to take over. AS understands that Mourinho has been offered a two-year, $100m deal.
Were Mourinho to be handed the reins at Al Nassr, he’d be reunited with Cristiano, who he hasn’t worked with since their time at Real Madrid.
There were clashes between the pair in Spain. After a game in 2013, they had a fierce spat when Mourinho dug Ronaldo out for not tracking back.
CR7 was also angered when Mou tried to rush team-mate Pepe back from surgery, before negatively comparing the defender with Varane in public.
At the end of 2012/13, Mourinho said Real Madrid hadn’t won LaLiga because they were “sad” at the start of the season. It was a dig at Cristiano.
Nevertheless, Mourinho insists he has a good rapport with the 38-year-old, and that a lot of lies have been told about their relationship.
“In the three years we worked together, I helped him improve as a player and he helped me improve as a coach. It's a time that I have fond memories of.”
Were he to join Al Nassr, Mourinho would become the world’s highest-paid coach, surpassing the $40m that Diego Simeone earns at Atlético.
The Portuguese is currently in charge at Serie A club Roma. Appointed in 2021, he is under contract in the Italian capital until 2024.
A stumbling block for Al Nassr is the fact that Roma are in the midst of a battle to win the Europa League and reach the Champions League.
Mourinho has spoken of his commitment to Roma, where he has already lifted silverware: the club won the Conference League last year.