Portugal international forward Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly told Real Madrid club president Florentino Perez that he wants to quit the club.
Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes met with Perez and Los Blancos director general Jose Angel Sanchez on Saturday.
According to a bevy of Spanish media outlets, the meeting ended on a sour note, with Ronaldo claiming that he does not feel ‘valued’ by the club. The Portuguese also added that their has been a falling out between certain unnamed players within Jose Mourinho’s squad.
The rift between Ronaldo and Madrid surfaced following Los Blancos’ 3-0 league win over Granada.
“I’m sad because of a professional issue and the club know why. That’s why I didn’t celebrate the goals, because I’m not happy. The people [at the club] know why,” revealed the 27-year-old.
“It’s nothing to do with Andres Iniesta [winning UEFA's Best Player in Europe award]. I won’t talk about this any more and I will concentrate on Portugal for now. There are more important things [than this].
“The people at the club know about this. I cannot say any more.”
Could Ronaldo be on his way back to the English Premier League? If so, which clubs have a realistic chance of winning his signature? That’s a story for another day, but surely Manchester United would be amongs the favourites to land the Portuguese superstar.
Now then, Jorge Mendes — Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent — has asserted that he has always been in the know regarding the winger’s unhappiness at Real Madrid.
“Following [Monday's] reports published by some media outlets, which claim that I have been surprised and bothered by the statements made by Cristiano Ronaldo, I clarify the following,” explained Mendes.
“Firstly, Ronaldo’s declarations are based on reasons that are the best of my knowledge. It is at the discretion of Cristiano whether he discloses them or not.
“Secondly, these statements have not surprised me and, much less, caused me any discomfort. The relationship that binds me to Cristiano Ronaldo means he will always count on me with total solidarity.“
Mendes also serves as the representation for a host of Real Madrid players and coaches, including Jose Mourinho, Fábio Coentrão, Pepe, Ángel Di María and Ricardo Carvalho.
Many people believe that Ronaldo leaked his unhappiness in order to ink a new contract with the European giants, but former former Selecção winger Paulo Futre and I do not.
I have followed Ronaldo’s career quite closely since Euro 2004, and money has never been at the forefront of his concerns.
Stay tuned for more details regarding this story. Goodbye for now.