Cristiano Ronaldo signs new Real Madrid contract

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Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a new contract extension with Real Madrid that will keep him at the La Liga club until 2018.

The Portuguese superstar has been at the Bernabeu since he left Manchester United for a world record fee in 2009, and has since gone on to score 203 goals in as many games for Los Blancos.

Madrid confirmed that Ronaldo and club president Florentino Perez will be present at the Bernabeu later today to put pen to paper on his new deal.

The Spanish giants did not confirm the length of the new contract, but reports in Spain say he will be tied down until 2018 and earn €17 million-per-year.

There had been some speculation over Ronaldo’s future following a turbulent 2012/13 campaign during which he admitted he was ‘sad’. The arrival of Gareth Bale for a new record fee of around £86 million - a figure the club dispute, reportedly in order to appease Ronaldo and keep him as the most expensive player in history - was also believed to have riled him.

However despite that Ronaldo has finally agreed a new deal - news will come as a blow to Manchester United fans, who had hoped to see their former idol return to Old Trafford.

Rumours persisted over the summer that the Red Devils were lining up and audacious swoop for the 28-year-old.

While the move failed to materialise, Ronaldo remains keen on a move back to Manchester United when he does eventually leave Madrid, although that now appears some way off.

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