Ronaldo 'not worried' about future
Portugal midfielder Manuel Fernandes said Cristiano Ronaldo “doesn’t look at all worried about his future” as the Real Madrid ace eyes a possible exit from the Spanish giant this summer.
There has been intense speculation over Ronaldo’s future after the 33-year-old suggested he could have played his last game for Real following its 3-1 victory over Liverpool in last month’s UEFA Champions League final.
Speaking yesterday at Portugal’s World Cup team base camp outside Moscow, Fernandes said: “I have nothing negative to say about Cristiano, he looks focused and doesn’t look at all worried about his future.”
In the aftermath of Real’s third successive European title in Kiev, Ronaldo said: “It was very nice to be at Real Madrid.”
A day later he struck a more conciliatory tone, telling Real fans gathering at Madrid’s Plaza de Cibeles “see you next year”, but Portuguese newspaper Record stoked the fire again last Thursday by claiming Ronaldo would definitely be leaving.
It is not the first time he has appeared close to the exit door at Real, often for the same reasons — wrangling over contract negotiations and a frosty relationship with president Florentino Perez.