Cristiano Ronaldo has been given two options with regards to his Real Madrid future as Florentino Perez tries to reveal where the 31-year-old sits, reports The Mirror.
The Los Blancos president would have seen Tuesday’s reports from France Football which claimed Ronaldo had met with Paris Saint-Germain officials five times over a possible move to the French capital. The last of which was claimed to have been the day after his heroic hat-trick against Wolfsburg in the Champions League quarter-final.
For some time now, a huge question has been placed over Ronaldo’s head. No matter how many times he says he wants to retire at the Bernabeu, reliable reports consistently link him with a final flourish in another league.
Now Perez wants Ronaldo to end the speculation once and for all. He will tell Ronaldo to put pen-to-paper on a new contract, keeping him at the club to 2020 or quite possibly 2021 or risk being sold. The deal would tie him down to the end of his career at the top of the game.
His current contract, believed to be worth in excess of £300,000-a-week, expires in 2018. Approaching 32-years-old, if Ronaldo does not agree to a new deal then it would be within Real Madrid’s best efforts to sell as soon as possible, but that is not necessarily what Perez wants.
SIGN OR SELL
Early on in the current campaign, it seemed inevitable that Ronaldo would leave Real Madrid in the coming summer. He had become the club’s all-time top goalscorer and had been flirting with a move to both PSG and Manchester United.
To add to that, he was not getting on with then-manager Rafa Benitez and appeared to be falling out with the fans. However, things have changed significantly since those dark days that have made staying in the Spanish capital the more likely outcome.
For one, Zinedine Zidane is now the manager and Ronaldo appears to get on with the French legend far better than he did with Benitez, despite his lack of managerial experience. Also, the upcoming transfer embargo imposed by FIFA leaves Real Madrid with little time to find a suitable replacement for their key man.
Selling Ronaldo would be a huge deal, complete with myriad clauses and would take at least half the summer to complete. With Euro 2016 set to bring a halt to major transfer deals, it would leave Real Madrid with very little time to negotiate his sale and the purchase of his successor.
A number of Spanish newspapers believe Ronaldo is now set to retire at Real Madrid, meaning someone, somewhere has leaked some good PR in the wake of these PSG claims. Whether you choose to believe them or not is up to you.