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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has told radio show El Primer Toque that he thinks Cristiano Ronaldo will retire with the club. ESPN translated the interview and cited it in a report here.
Ronaldo, 28, joined Real Madrid from Manchester United for a world-record £80 million in 2009. The Portuguese superstar has been linked with a summer transfer, with The Sun reporting that United have intensified their efforts to re-sign him.
Perez, however, said negotiations over a new contract will begin soon. Ronaldo's current deal expires in 2015.
"My opinion is that Cristiano will retire at Real Madrid," said Perez. "That is his dream, and the club’s too. Some people think that negotiations are done in the newspapers."
Ronaldo scored 34 goals in 34 La Liga appearances this past season. He had 12 goals in 12 Champions League matches.
Perez also said defender Pepe is not for sale. Manchester City are interested in the defender, per the Daily Mirror.