Cristiano Ronaldo still coy on deal
Cristiano Ronaldo has once again denied that he has agreed a new contract at Real Madrid, saying that he remains unconcerned about his future even with less than two years left on his current deal.
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Marca reported in early August that a new £15 million-a-year after tax salary had already been agreed with Madrid, and Blancos president Florentino Perez has been assuring everyone for months that Ronaldo’s wish was to finish his career at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
But Ronaldo himself has been much more coy about any ongoing negotiations between the Bernabeu club and his agent Jorge Mendes, repeatedly claiming he does not to want to discuss his future in public.
Meanwhile, speculation has continued about a potential move to Manchester United, or big spending Ligue 1 sides Monaco and Paris Saint Germain, either in 12 months' time or when his current Madrid deal ends in 2015.
The Portugal captain, 28, told AS that there was still no rush to get anything finalised.
“I have more years to come,” Ronaldo said. “The contract renewal is not something that worries me now. Things take place naturally and sooner or later people will know about it. The situation does not worry me. Things are going well. I am happy and do not think that the world is ending.”
The attacker was clearer when asked if he hoped the new season at Madrid under new coach Carlo Ancelotti would turn out better than a 2012-13 which ended disappointingly with previous boss Jose Mourinho in charge.
“Obviously yes, because we only won the Supercopa [last term],” Ronaldo said. “We are going to try and win La Liga and the Champions League. It will be difficult but it is a good team, we have a great coach and we are going to try and make this happen.”
Ronaldo, who scored six goals in six pre-season appearances this summer, said he was looking to improve on his figures from from the last campaign - when he managed 53 goals in 53 games for his club.
“Year after year I manage to improve my marks,” he said. “I do not focus on the number of goals, but I am going to give my best to try and surpass everything. I am ambitious.”