Cristiano Ronaldo said after Tuesday’s painful Champions League semi-final exit that he was not thinking about his future right now, or overly concerned with what Jose Mourinho might choose to do next.
Persistent speculation in the Madrid media has claimed that Ronaldo, whose current Real deal runs until June 2015, was seeking a new, improved contract at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and Blancos president Florentino Perez suggested in April that his terms could soon be improved.
Speaking with reporters after Madrid’s 2-0 win on the night had seen them lose out 4-3 on aggregate to Borussia Dortmund, the attacker said contract talks were far from his mind at that moment and winning games and trophies - not higher wages - was what he always sought.
“I have two more years on my contract, I am not concerned about that,” Ronaldo, heavily linked with a return to Manchester United in the English media this week, said. “I want to win wherever I am. That is what I want most, I am not concerned about renewing.”
The attacker’s future has often been linked with that of current Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, especially as the two Portuguese share an agent in Jorge Mendes. Asked about the former Chelsea manager’s post-game hints that he would return to England next season, Ronaldo was clear that he did not know Mourinho’s future plans, nor was the matter it on his mind.
“I do not know,” he said. “Sincerely, I do not know. I do not have to talk about other people, I am just concerned about the team and myself and that is all. The future of other players, or other coaches, does not concern me.”
Ronaldo, who is nearing the end of his fourth season with the Liga giants, reflected on a third successive Champions League semi-final exit and said he hoped Madrid’s long awaited tenth European crown arrived soon.
“I am leaving here not happy, but knowing that we are a great team and could have been in the final,” he said. “It is one more year not making the final, but we must congratulate Dortmund. Madrid will surely have another chance to win La Decima, it could be next year.”