There have been reports that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to extend his contract with Real Madrid when he returns from holiday. There have been reports he will extend his contract soon and will retire at Real Madrid.
Both of those reports may end up coming true, but for the time being, Ronaldo wants everyone to know he hasn't signed a thing yet.
All the news about my renewal with Real Madrid are false.— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) June 13, 2013
There are a few ways to read between the lines here. One reading is that Ronaldo is letting it be known that any renewal news is false as a public negotiating tactic. In other words, it's his way of saying, "Hey Real Madrid, the figures you've sent aren't to my liking and I will leave this summer if you don't do better."
He wouldn't be the first athlete to pull that little trick, that's for sure.
Or—and this is the interpretation Manchester United fans will surely embrace—Ronaldo is going out of his way to let it be known he won't negotiate a new contract with Real Madrid to preempt his eventual departure from the club, seemingly to return to Old Trafford.
Where will Ronaldo be playing next season?
Of course, squads like Paris Saint-Germain or Monaco could also be knocking on his door.
That doesn't seem so far-fetched—if he's literally saying any news out there linking a return to Real Madrid is false, he has simply all but said he's leaving Madrid this summer. And that would make the summer transfer period very, very fun.
Real Madrid can't afford to lose Ronaldo. It's impossible to replace his production, as he's scored an incredible 210 goals and added 47 assists in all competitions since joining Real Madrid in 2009. That's 52.5 goals and 11.8 assists per season.
Thus, you can bet the club is taking this latest tweet very, very seriously. This may end up being a very tense summer in Madrid.