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Published: 09:57 | 26/5/16

Ronaldo backs Mourinho appointment

But rules out return to Old Trafford

Cristiano Ronaldo has backed Jose Mourinho to guide Manchester United back to the top of the Premier League.

Mourinho is closing in on a deal to succeed Louis van Gaal as United manager, with some reports claiming he will be unveiled as the new boss before the weekend.

United have struggled since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement in May 2013 but Mourinho has enjoyed success at every club he has worked and Ronaldo, who worked with the Portuguese at Real Madrid, believes he can help restore the club's 'identity'.

"He's already signed, hasn't he? I think it's good. If it's something United wanted I think it's good," Ronaldo said in an interview to be shown on Spanish TV.

"I hope Manchester United get back to being what they were because it's an impressive club but in the last years they lacked an identity a bit.

"And it hurts me seeing United like that because it's a club that I carry in my heart. I wish Mourinho can carry them back to the top."

Ronaldo was linked with a return to Old Trafford last summer and the rumours have resurfaced in recent weeks, but he insists he is happy at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"Right now, yes I am happy and I want to stay at this club. I don't see any other club that is better than Real Madrid. If you weigh things up there is no better club," the 31-year-old said.

"So all other clubs can forget about me because Real Madrid is the best."

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