Real Madrid's Mourinho plays down Ronaldo row
MADRID (AFP) - Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho on Friday played down the significance of Cristiano Ronaldo's recent claims to being unhappy in the Spanish capital by saying all that matters are his on-field performances.
"If Ronaldo is sad but plays like he has been playing, that is perfect for me," Mourinho said at a press conference ahead of his team's trip to play Sevilla in La Liga on Saturday night.
It was the first time Mourinho had spoken of the controversy, which erupted in the wake of Madrid's home win against Granada two weeks ago when Ronaldo claimed he was "sad" at the club for "professional reasons." The player has since been away on international duty, helping Portugal to wins against Luxembourg and Azerbaijan in their opening two qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup.
"Cristiano gives everything in training and when he plays," added Mourinho.