Perez ‘absolutely sure’ that Old Trafford target will see out playing career at Real.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez claims Cristiano Ronaldo wants to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu until retirement.
The 28-year-old’s future has been the subject of intense speculation this summer with rumours of a return to Manchester United continuing to persist just four years after his world-record £80 million move to the Spanish capital.
The Portugal international recently admitted that he misses English football, further heightening suspicions that he would seek a route back to Old Trafford where he won eight major honours in six seasons with the Premier League club, including the Champions League in 2008.
However, Perez has taken a bold step to clarify Ronaldo’s future and foresees him following in the footsteps of former Galactico Zinedine Zidane by choosing to see out his playing days as a Madrid player.
“He is the one who wants to retire at Real Madrid and Real Madrid wants that to happen too, like Zidane and so many other players,” the 66-year-old Spaniard said in an interview with AS.
Ronaldo has just two years remaining on his contract with Los Blancos and caused a stir when he took to twitter last month to deny he was in talks with the club over a new deal.
All the news about my renewal with Real Madrid are false.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) June 13, 2013
But Perez insisted negotiations had not taken place because the forward has been on holiday and says he is ‘absolutely sure’ the Portuguese will remain with Los Merengues for the rest of his playing career.
“There have been no negotiations because he is on vacation. I’m absolutely sure that Cristiano will retire in Madrid, but because he wants to retire here. Just like Zidane did.”