Jose Mourinho had high praise for Rafael Nadal’ s footballing abilities as he enjoyed a day out at Wimbledon on Thursday .
The former Manchester United manager looked in good spirits as he made the most of a sunny day in SW 19 , the likes of Roger Federer , Serena Williams and Nadal all in action .
And he had some interesting words to say about the latter as he found time to chat to a representative from the ATP.
Asked about Nadal’ s tennis achievements , Mourinho said , ‘ He is incredible .
‘ I am happy he didn ’ t , but I think he could also have been a fantastic football player .
‘ His uncle was my player in Barcelona in 1996 . I know that Rafa can play football , and well .
‘ So he could have played with his physicality , mentality , and his skill, too . He could be . Thank you so much he wasn ’ t . Because in tennis he is what he is . ’
Nadal’ s uncle Miguel Angel played more than 200 games for Barcelona between 1991 and 1999 as well as making 62 appearances for Spain .
Mourinho , who was also seen with British tennis player Marcus Willis earlier in the day , was sacked by United in December, midway through his third season at the club .
The 56 – year – old has been in no rush to find a new job , doing plenty of punditry work in the time since .