Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho believes Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus move will improve the Italian League, Serie A.
Mourinho congratulates Juventus
Ronaldo had joined Juventus from Real Madrid in a league-record transfer worth €112 million, strengthening a team that had already won the past seven league titles.
The last coach to lead the other side other than Juve to the title was Mourinho. He guided Inter Milan to the historic league, the cup and Champions League treble in 2010; and he also congratulated Juventus on their signing with Ronaldo.
“The most competitive league at the moment is the the Champions League. But a lot of people are going to be watching Serie A for Cristiano Ronaldo and Spain for [Lionel] Messi,” he told TeleRadioStereo. Serie A has now become one of the best leagues in the world”.
“In football, anything can change. If Inter, Napoli, Roma and AC Milan change their views, as long as they don’t just passively accept that Juve are now stronger with Ronaldo, then [the league] can change in terms of quality, emotions and attention. This is why I compliment Juve for this signing, which is great for them in terms of football, publicity and marketing.”
Ronaldo’s departure to hurt Sapin
Whereas, on the other side, the president of Atletico Madrid, Enrique Cerezo, told Radio Marca that Ronaldo’s departure would not benefit Spain.
“It isn’t a good thing,” he said. “La Liga is the best in the world and having the stars play in La Liga is super important. We hope that there will be another star, but there are few like Ronaldo, few like Messi.”
Juventus had already reached the finals of the Champions League twice in the last four years, and Roma somehow managed to reach the semifinal last season.
According to the UEFA’s change in format; four Italian sides will be in the group stage in the coming season including Inter Milan, a team Mourinho would be happy to meet with Manchester United in the group stages.
“I’d like to come back [to Italy] to play in the Champions League,” he said. “Maybe it will happen in the group stage, against Inter or Juve.”