Cristiano Ronaldo Transfer News: Ronaldo Confirms Future at Real Madrid, for Now
The Portugal international had been constantly linked with a move away from Bernabeu Stadium over the summer-transfer window, with a potential move back to former club Manchester United often suggested in the rumor mill. However, according to comments he made recently via ESPN, such a move isn't going to happen this summer—or any time in the near future.
I enjoy of course to play there [Real Madrid], I play there for four years so I want to continue there. It is not the best day to speak about my future. I am going to have time to speak about that at the beginning of preseason. I do not say that I would never go to this club [currently in Monaco for holidays] but now I'm happy at Real Madrid.
However, the 28-year-old refused to rule out a potential move in the future, with Manchester United again attracting plenty of praise from the Los Blancos star.
For me, it was some of the best years in my career when I was there in Manchester United...everyone knows that. It is the club that is still in my heart and I really, really miss [United]. This is a club that is in my heart for a long time. Everyone knows the passion I have for this club. But my future is at Real Madrid.
Ronaldo's comments come as a welcome relief for Madrid, who are desperate to regain control in Spain from their arch-rivals, Barcelona. Los Blancos were easily beaten by La Blaugrana in La Liga this year and were also beaten in the final of the Copa del Rey by cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid—giving the Spanish powerhouse and manager Jose Mourinho an embarrassing trophy-less season.
With Mourinho leaving the club this summer and former Paris Saint Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti taking over at the Bernabeu, Madrid could not afford to watch one of the best players in the world leave the club—regardless of the transfer fee that he might attract.
So in that respect, the news comes as a very satisfying thing indeed.
However, there are still plenty of cause for concern from Madrid, and most of it centers around Ronaldo's use of the word "now" in light of his current contract negotiations. The star winger's current contract is set to expire in 2015 and is currently refusing to extend his deal—giving him the best possible position to negotiate the best deal available, be that at Madrid or at another club.
Madrid will want to secure his services for many years to come—regardless of the cost—but if they can't agree on a new contract, then they risk the option of watching him leave for a free transfer (like Fernando Llorente to Juventus) or a substantially reduced transfer price (like Robin van Persie to Manchester United in 2012).
Either of those outcomes aren't great for Madrid.
Ronaldo arrived at Madrid as the most expensive player in the world, according to BBC Sport, and has netted an incredible 199 goals in 201 appearances for Los Blancos.
Understandably, the Spanish heavyweights will want to ensure that they keep the Portugal international for as long as possible and continue to reap the rewards of his goal-scoring and attacking mastery both in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.
Even if it is just for "now".
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