The agent of Cristiano Ronaldo has denied reports that he was surprised to learn his client is unhappy at Real Madrid, and insists the 27-year-old retains his full support.
Ronaldo refused to celebrate either of his goals in Real's 3-0 triumph over Granada on Sunday evening and, after the game, told reporters he is feeling 'sad' about his current situation at the Santiago Bernabeu.
This has led to the inevitable suggestions that Ronaldo is angling for a move away from Madrid, with Manchester City reported to be considering a £95million January bid.
Meanwhile, his agent Jorge Mendes was said to have been surprised by Ronaldo's claims over the weekend, but has moved to confirm that he is perfectly aware of the former Manchester United man's mental state.
"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," Mendes explained.
"Firstly, Ronaldo's declarations are based on reasons that are to 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."
Ronaldo has scored 150 goals in 149 appearances for Real Madrid since joining the club for a world record £80 million from Manchester United in the summer of 2009.
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