Cristiano Ronaldo Transfer Rumours: Latest News on the Real Madrid Star
--LAST UPDATE AUGUST 12--
Cristiano Ronaldo has endured a summer of questioning.
Will the Real Madrid star sign a new contract at the Bernabeu, or can he be lured elsewhere? The likes of Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco have been linked with the 28-year-old's signature, but right now, he is set to report for La Liga duty during the 2013/14 season.
What do the latest rumours say? Read on to find out and click here to see a timeline of Ronaldo's links from across the summer.
Manchester United Leave the No. 7 Shirt Free, Can Ronaldo Be Tempted?
A quiet week in the world of Ronaldo rumours has seen speculation die down. Even so, Manchester United have revealed they no longer have a registered No. 7 at the club.
This comes after Antonio Valencia decided to give the shirt up for the upcoming season, as confirmed by Yahoo! Eurosport. Valencia returns to the No. 25 shirt he wore during his best spell with the Reds, the 2011-12 season.
As reported by John Edwards of the Daily Mail, David Moyes may be trying to tempt Ronaldo with the vacancy.
Last season's owner Antonio Valencia evidently found the pressure of filling it inhibiting and asked for a switch to 25.
With no-one else laying claim to an iconic jersey first made famous by George Best, Moyes left it up for grabs - in the the hope, no doubt, that Ronaldo might yet be tempted to carry on where he left off when he quit Manchester for Madrid in a world record deal.
Is Ronaldo romantic enough to consider a move now his old shirt is up for grabs? Right now, it looks highly unlikely.
Reports Suggest Ronaldo Signs New Deal, Player Refuses to Confirm
A quiet couple of weeks in the Ronaldo saga has come to an end.
As reported Spanish newspaper Marca, the player has signed a new five-year deal to end his career at Real Madrid. The Daily Mail's David Kent confirmed the reports:
Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly signed a new five-year deal with Real Madrid worth £75million to keep him at the club for the rest of his career.
Madrid-based newspaper Marca reports that Ronaldo will earn around £900,000 more each season than Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, making him the highest-paid player in Spain.
The 28-year-old is believed to have struck a deal with Madrid to increase his share of his image rights which previously stood at 60 per cent.
Manchester United fans may be crushed by the revelation, but it seems Ronaldo hasn't put pen to paper just yet. As reported by the Express, Ronaldo seemed unclear on his future in a recent Los Angeles press conference:
My future? I don't know. In this moment I'm a player of Madrid (but) in the future I don't know. But at the moment I'm good.
The situation still hasn't been resolved and I don't think now is the right time to talk about it.
Perhaps we'll be able to give more concrete news about this further down the line but now the only thing in my remit is to train and work.
Which way is this one heading?
Jose Mourinho Backs Ronaldo to Stay at Real Madrid
As the Ronaldo rumours die down, Jose Mourinho recently revealed he believes the Portuguese forward will stay at the Bernabeu. As reported by Charles Perrin of the Express, Ronaldo's former boss has a hunch he won't be going anywhere this year.
I know Ronaldo loves Man United and I know he loves the Premier League, but I think he is going to stay. It's just a feeling, no contact, nothing, just a feeling.
What I know is that Real Madrid is such a rich club they don't need to sell. It is such a rich club I think they can beat any offer a club can have on Ronaldo.
Manchester United fans will probably be relieved. David Moyes has failed to land any major transfer targets this summer, so chasing Ronaldo would only add to the frustration.
Ronaldo Stars in Preseason Win, Ancelotti Insists Player Is Staying
It's been all talk this summer, but Cristiano Ronaldo finally got the chance to play football in Real Madrid's 6-0 preseason win over Bournemouth.
The former Manchester United man scored twice against the Championship side in a routine win. Carlo Ancelotti was quick to fend off the advances of the English press, categorically stating Ronaldo is his most important individual next season, as reported by Riath Al-Samarrai and Bob Treasure of The Daily Mail.
Cristiano Ronaldo is my most important player in this team. He has the best quality. He is always working to do his best every time. When he does we will have a great opportunity this season.
As I said he is the most important player of Real and his future will be at Real Madrid. There is no question about this.
With Manchester United's Wayne Rooney troubles continuing to roll, will this situation change?