Carlo Ancelotti rules out Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Real Madrid
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has shrugged off reports suggesting the club’s crown jewel Cristiano Ronaldo was going to move away this summer. Cristiano Ronaldo, who won the Ballon d’Or during his time at Manchester United has been strongly linked with a return to Old Trafford.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who has two years left on his contract with Real Madrid, needs to be sold right now or the club will have to sell him for a cut-price in a year if the coveted Portuguese winger refuses to ink a new contract.
A big money move to Paris Saint-Germain is also in the making, but Carlo Ancelotti is confident Cristiano Ronaldo will stay with Real Madrid beyond this season. The Italian boss believes the 28-year-old Portugal international will ink a contract extension this summer.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who moved from Manchester United after Real Madrid broke the transfer fee world record by paying £80 million, has admitted he still has a lot of love for his old club and would be interested in moving back at some point in his career.
“Everyone knows that he is a superstar and a great player,” Carlo Ancelotti told media before Real Madrid flies off to England for their preseason activities. “The most important thing for the club is that a player of his quality shows the utmost professionalism.
“That is good, especially for the young players who can see a world-class player working with that attitude. I am not responsible for the renewal of his contract, but it won't be a problem.”
Real Madrid will have their first preseason friendly of the summer against AFC Bournemouth. Carlo Ancelotti is hopeful of renewing team chemistry in the preseason. The former AC Milan boss also commented on Gonzalo Higuain’s transfer saga.
The 25-year-old Argentine hit-man, who has been closely linked with a move to Arsenal and Chelsea, is now likely to sign up for Napoli. Carlo Ancelotti insists he is forcing the striker out of Real Madrid, but understands if Gonzalo Higuain needs to leave.
“I have spoken to the player but it was a private conversation,” Carlo Ancelotti added. “He is currently a Real Madrid player and I am happy to have him here.”
Carlo Ancelotti also commented the possibility of Gareth Bale arriving at Real Madrid. Tottenham Hotspur are reluctant to give away their star player, but that has not irked Carlo Ancelotti, who is satisfied with his current squad.
“I am happy with the squad and I don't want to talk about other players out of respect for those who are here,” Carlo Ancelotti said.