Cristiano Ronaldo says he will stay at Real Madrid until 2018
Ronaldo says any potential exit will be considered only after his present contract ends in 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo has attempted to put to rest rumours about his future by saying that he will remain in Madrid until 2018 before he considers his exit.
The Portuguese forward has been linked with a move to PSG and Manchester United in recent times but it seems any club interested in securing his services can only do so after his contract runs out.
Ronaldo was presented with the pichichi award for scoring the most La Liga goals last season on Monday where he revealed he might not be ending his career at Madrid.
"I have been in Spain six years. I was also at Manchester United for six years and that was a great experience, a great championship, but for me this is the best league in the world," Ronaldo said to Marca. "It's a privilege to be here.”
"I want to be here for a couple more years and then we'll see. That's the duration of my contract and I want to give my all in that time."
Ronaldo dedicates award to fans and club’s support system
Cristiano Ronaldo paid tribute to the club's fans and the support system at the Bernabeu saying:
"I dedicate this award to the team, to the coaches, the staff and everyone at Madrid," he enthused. "Without them, I wouldn't have been able to score so many goals last season.”
“Let's hope the fans keep supporting as they have been. They are spectacular. We will give everything on the pitch to try to win trophies and the Champions League once again."
Cristiano Ronaldo has come under some criticism in the recent times for his performances though Zidane confirmed he had full faith in his star man’s abilities.
"I feel a certain admiration for Cristiano,"
"I admire him for his goals and for everything he has achieved. I like his ambition. He is never satisfied with what he has done, he always wants more.”
"He is a super important player for me, for the team and for the fans.”
"I retired at the age of 34, but Cristiano will play on longer. It's not that I did not look after myself, but he takes a lot of care of his own body and is a beast physically."
Zidane will be hoping that Ronaldo will perform at his usual high standards soon and help Real Madrid challenge for top honours both domestically and in Europe.