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Jose Mourinho has pleaded with Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of him moving to Serie A to manage AS Roma.

The Special One found employment extremely fast following his dismissal from Tottenham in April.

Within days, he was hired by AS Roma to replace Paulo Fonseca – who in a whirlwind move now appears to be the favourite to take over at Spurs.

It means Mourinho is set to be reunited with Ronaldo – who he coached at Real Madrid amid a number of problems with players at the Bernabeu.

But could the Portuguese superstar leave Juventus before the two get the chance to meet again?

Jose Mourinho coached Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid
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Mourinho hopes so – for Ronaldo's own career.

"He should leave Italy now and leave me in peace!" Mourinho joked in an interview with talkSPORT.

"Everybody says, and I say the same, he is not 25 any more. He is 36 and he doesn't score 50 goals, but how many did he score? The record is [still] incredible, the numbers speak by themselves."

Ronaldo turns 37 next season but has shown no signs of slowing down after scoring 29 times in Serie A last season.

However, his future is up in the air after Juve narrowly missed out on Champions League football.

The Old Lady have disappointed in the Champions League – a competition Ronaldo is desperate to win at least one more time before hanging up his boots.

Cristiano Ronaldo's future at Juventus has been questioned
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While Mourinho believes the five-time Ballon d'Or winner is motivated by breaking every record there is.

He added when asked what spurs Ronaldo on: "I think records and he wants to not just play in this Euros but the World Cup.

"He is a legend, one of the big names that stays forever in football history, but the guy motivates himself with numbers and new things.

"He wants to win the gold ball X times, the golden boot X times, he wants to get the record from the Iran player for goals for an international team."

Mourinho does not think Ronaldo gets particularly angry by negative comparisons to Lionel Messi and feels he uses any criticism as fuel.

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Jose Mourinho will manage AS Roma next season
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"I think critics motivate him," said Mourinho. "I think he feels, 'If people criticise me, it's because of who I am, I did what I did and I'll still try to do it'.

"He still gets that extra motivation. As an opponent, you should be quiet and not say a wrong word about him because that will always be motivation for him.

"He is the player everyone thinks he is and he is mentally very, very strong."