Cristiano Ronaldo, a hostage at Real Madrid?
Ronaldo has yet to begin talks over a contract extension with Real Madrid, something Perez is wary of. Still he believes that the former Manchester United forward will end his career at Real Madrid.
In spite of lack of silverware, Ronaldo has recorded spectacular form at Real Madrid. The 28-year-old Portugal international has turned into a goal-scoring machine for the Spanish football giants. Ronaldo has scored a total of 146 goals in 135 appearances for Real Madrid.
Various media outlets, led by AS, stated that Cristiano Ronaldo was attracting strong interest from top notch European clubs this summer. The instability at Real Madrid is edging Ronaldo into making a move. The report stated that Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco were among the list of clubs ready to pay the gigantic transfer fees for him.
All of above mentioned clubs are interested in acquiring Ronaldo right now or when his contract with Real Madrid ends in 2015. If money is of concern, then Ronaldo is interested in the expiration of his contract as well. A recent report stated that Ronaldo will pocket €60 million once he signs up for a transfer contract. Surprisingly, this amount is more than double of the €10 million he is making at Real Madrid every year.
“There are no open negotiations at the moment, that will be from July,” Florentino Perez said on Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract. “My opinion is that Cristiano will retire at Real Madrid, that is his dream, and the club’s too. Some people think that negotiations are done in the newspapers.”
It appears as if Ronaldo’s unhappy phase at Real Madrid has passed away without harm. However, this doesn’t mean Ronaldo is happy again, perhaps satisfied at best. The Portuguese has shown no desire of inking a new contract at Real Madrid. Meanwhile, Perez maintains that any club wishing to buy Ronaldo must pay the €1 billion release clause in the contract.
“The truth is I do not know [why he was unhappy],” Perez said. “I told him not to worry, that I would do everything possible so that he was happy. He played a magnificent season. Cristiano never asked me to leave. If anyone does want to leave it is very easy - the clause must be paid. With that money you could buy a lot of good players.”