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Jose Mourinho: 'Rafael Nadal will still be a good athlete if he plays football'

Jose Mourinho: 'Rafael Nadal will still be a good athlete if he plays football'

Former coach Man Utd believes that the capacity of Rafael Nadal can resonate in the career of "digital shorts".

"Nadal has done wonderful things. I'm happy for him because of tennis, but I think Naldal can be a great football player. I used to work with his uncle, Miguel Angel Nadal in Barca year. 1996 so I know Rafael can play well, "said Jose Mourinho after coming to watch the match between Nadal and Nick Kyrgios at the second round of Wimbledon yesterday.

In his glorious career, Nadal won 18 Grand Slam tournaments, including two Wimbledon winners. The 33-year-old star suffered many injuries in recent years, but quickly returned to the peak with the 12th Roland Garros title last June.

Jose Mourinho was recruited as interpreter in Barca under coach Bobby Robson and Louis Van Gaal. At the same time, Nadal's uncle plays the ball at the Nou Camp. Mourinho so understand quite well about the Nadal family. "Nadal can play the ball with his physical, psychological and his ability. But it is good that Rafael Nadal has played tennis because that is the sport for him," Mourinho added.

Previously, Mourinho criticized ATP rules when he did not allow the coach to communicate with the players. He said that if it was relaxed in this matter, the quality of tennis matches would increase significantly.