Cristiano Ronaldo wants to play out the rest of his career at Real Madrid, club president Florentino Perez disclosed in an interview on Monday.
Ronaldo’s present contract with the Los Blancos runs until 2015, but speculations have linked the 28-year-old with a move away from the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
“The person who wants to retire at Real Madrid is Ronaldo, and Real want him to retire here too,” Perez told Univision in quotes carried in the Spanish media.
“There haven’t been any negotiations (or a new deal) because he is on holiday. Be in no doubt, Cristiano will retire here because he wants to. Just as (Zinedine) Zidane and other great players have done.”
Also, Manchester United legend Bryan Robson believes the club’s fans will “forgive” Wayne Rooney if he decides to make a second U-Turn on his much speculated move away from Old Trafford.
Robson, who appeared over 450 times for United, likened the situation as akin to when Rooney was sent off in the quarter-final of the World Cup in 2006. On that occasion, Ronaldo infamously winked as his then club teammate Rooney left the pitch, infuriating both England and United fans.
Robson said: “After two games, Ronaldo was playing fantastic when he came back to Old Trafford. Everybody forgot about it and everybody loves Ronaldo.”
United manager David Moyes has said the English striker is not for sale.