Cristiano Ronaldo has no plans of leaving Real Madrid after being linked with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain over the past few weeks
Ronaldo sparked up a hurricane after rumours of him being unsettled at the club started to emerge a month back. He was reportedly still unhappy about club’s treatment of him during the tax fraud in the summer gone by. Moreover, he was also of the opinion that he was being paid much less than what he deserved and also accused Perez of breaking a promise of giving him a new contract with a bigger wage packet. Consequently, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain were both interested in the Portuguese. However, Ronaldo has spoken up on his future and put all those rumours to rest.
Speaking to Chinese Football App Dongquidi after being named Player of the Year for 2017, Ronaldo said, “Of course I like living here, I’ve lived in this city since 2009 and I love the weather and the people. It’s close to Portugal and you can get there by car. Spain is a great country, I love it. Of course, I want to stay here, I love this club.”
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However, the 32-year-old did admit that retirement could be much closer than he anticipated. Notably, he had put down the age of 41 as a possible time of retirement. His off-field responsibilities, which include being a father of four, might have forced him to reconsider his decision.
“This feeling is incredible. It’s what I’ve always dreamed of,” Ronaldo added speaking about his life at home.
“Now, my plan to retire at 41 will be a bit more difficult to achieve, and now we live in the moment.”
The Portugal international was quick to reassert that he does not see himself in a coaching job after retirement. He added, “Being a coach is not part of my plan, but you also know that people change their minds. For the moment, I don’t want to be a coach.”
Despite his individual accolades and the trophies he has led the club to, Real officials gave a serious thought of letting him go. Real Madrid looks increasingly likely to finish without a trophy this season after a dismal six months. Florentino Perez is on the lookout for a new forward line in the summer and this might mean parting ways with Cristiano.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been a great servant of the club. Scoring around a goal a game on an average in his 7-year career with Real Madrid is an astonishing feat. However, the 5-time Ballon d’Or is showing signs of decline this season. His reassurance of his love for the club and the city might have relieved some fans but Los Blancos will be looking to sell him on before his market value drops too much.
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