Cristiano Ronaldo remains coy over future at Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo was once again coy on his future at Real Madrid after scoring a superb hat-trick to help his club acquire a 4-0 win over Celta Vigo at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Wednesday. The victory sends Real Madrid through to the quarterfinals of Copa del Rey.
After transfer interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, the 27-year-old Portuguese winger caused the transfer market to flood with rumors about an away move. Cristiano Ronaldo never actually declared he is ready to move out of Real Madrid, but his unhappiness and dissatisfaction points towards an imminent move out Spain.
Paris Saint-Germain director Leonardo has declared that his club has the power to attract Cristiano Ronaldo. Well, the Qatari-backed club are indeed capable of talking about Cristiano Ronaldo’s huge salary package and transfer fees.
Manchester United have been in the mix as well, but Sir Alex Ferguson admits his side doesn’t have the financial power to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford. Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo admits “anything was possible” in regards to a move to Paris Saint-Germain or Manchester United.
“I am not going to talk now about other clubs,” Cristiano Ronaldo said. “I have a contract and am fine here, but in the world of football anything is possible.”
Cristiano Ronaldo has clearly demonstrated his value to Real Madrid by scoring 174 goals in 172 games and taking them to the La Liga title last season. The Portugal international has also improved his relationship with Real Madrid fans by picking up his form, although the Cristiano Ronaldo must still be mourning over losing the Ballon D’Or to Lionel Messi.
“I feel that the fans are on my side,” Cristiano Ronaldo said. “I feel very comfortable here, with the fans especially. That for me is motivating, and I play better when I am motivated. The truth is I am very happy with the fans, not just today, but for a while now.”
Cristiano Ronaldo also talked about the support fans had for Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho. The chanting of Jose Mourinho’s name before a game has become customary for Real Madrid fans.
“There has been enough of that already,” Cristiano Ronaldo said. “Sometimes the fans are more happy than other times, but he is in charge and we must respect his decisions. I would ask the supporters to get behind the team and the boss.
“If we are all together we must win something - we have the Copa and the Champions League and we can improve in the league. The year could still be very good, so people should help not criticize. People have made their protest, and that is enough for now. The players feel what is happening too, and sometimes (the criticism) affects us. We should be all together.”