In a boost to Real Madrid’s title betting chances, Cristiano Ronaldo has quashed rumours of a move to Manchester City in an interview with Cadena Cope radio station.
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However, the Madrid team’s odds would certainly lengthen if they had to do without 53-goal man Ronaldo.
The £80 million man had been linked with a big-money move to Eastlands but has pledged his immediate future to Los Blancos.
Indeed, the Portuguese said he would be happy to sign a long-term contract if Real Madrid president Florentino Perez offered him a new one tomorrow.
Ronaldo’s future had been in some doubt following rumours of a bust-up with Real coach Jose Mourinho.
In light of this, Manchester City were said to be interested in bringing Ronaldo back to the Premier League, with a transfer fee of £150 million and wages of £400,000 a week mooted.
However, Ronaldo told the news provider that he can’t see himself leaving Real Madrid, even with such a tempting financial inducement on offer.
“If [Madrid president] Florentino Perez told me to sign on for ten years today, I would do it – although I don’t know what will happen tomorrow,” Ronaldo commented.
“If I was after just money I could have doubled what I have in my account. I’m very happy here, it has been phenomenal.”
Ronaldo also praised Mourinho, putting an end to the rift rumours which have been circulating since Real’s Champions League semi-final defeat to Barcelona.
“He knows what he has to do to make the team win and I am sure we will do better in his second year at Madrid, as happened with me,” he said.
“Mourinho is the best: he has shown that in all the leagues he has coached in. He knows better than anyone that we have to improve in all aspects and only those who work with him know what he is like.”
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