Cristiano Ronaldo wants a new Real Madrid contract worth up to £32m-a-year to prevent him from returning to Manchester United this summer, according to The Sun.
The former-Old Trafford superstar has been heavily linked with a return to United, and the report claims David Moyes will not give up hope of landing the Portugal international this summer.
But Real Madrid are desperate to keep him at the Bernabeu, which means signing him up to a new long-term deal. The 28-year-old forward is reportedly considering his options, but wants one final bumper pay deal while he’s still in his prime.
With Lionel Messi’s basic salary reportedly worth £14m, the report claims Ronaldo wants a similar annual wage of £17m. But the real sticking point could come over image rights. The Portuguese superstar wants to negotiate a similar agreement as the one Messi enjoys at Barcelona.
That would give Ronaldo 100 per cent of his image rights, a contract which could potentially be worth as much as £15m per season. But the Real Madrid ‘Galactico’ brand is built around the shirt sales and merchandising agreements that come from signing the world’s biggest names, and they’d be reluctant to surrender such a lucrative money-spinner.
Real Madrid are reportedly shocked at the demands, and hope it’s just a negotiating ploy kick-starting what could be a long and arduous contract renewal process.
The 200-goal Bernabeu forward currently has two years remaining on his £200,000-a-week deal, but Manchester United’s interest in the player will increase Real Madrid’s urgency.
And in a seperate report carried by the Daily Mirror, Ronaldo confirms he's confident of reaching a deal over a new contract, although no figures are mentioned.
As reported by the Daily Mirror, Ronaldo said: "I am well, calm, and not worried about it. I know we will reach a deal."