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Real Madrid GM Valdano denies rift between Mourinho, Ronaldo

Real Madrid GM Jorge Valdano insists there's no rift between coach Joe Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo missed their defeat to Real Zaragoza after apparent criticism of Mourinho's tactics for their Champions League setback to Barcelona.

But Valdano insisted: "Mourinho is a coach who has to manage the staff.

"He had to rest players and Cristiano is one that most deserves it."

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