Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has rejected the assertion that Cristiano Ronaldo could leave the Santiago Bernabeu and has claimed reports linking the player with a move away from the club are “nonsense”.
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Ronaldo’s future has been the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks, with it reported that Manchester United are prepared to mount a pursuit of their former player amid suggestions he is unsettled in Madrid.
The Portugal captain has, however, responded to the claims about his future by stating that he is happy with his current club, while Ancleotti, as expected, has also toed the party line following the emergence of fresh links to Manchester United.
"These are words without meaning," Ancelotti said at a press conference on Friday.
""I believe [the] reports are nonsense. Cristiano is happy here, very motivated to be here, and all Madridismo is delighted with him.
"Ronaldo [has] great professionalism, leadership, we must enjoy him and do everything to keep him in this physical and mental condition.
"Without doubt Ronaldo is the best player in the world. We are lucky he plays for us. We have to enjoy it."
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The Guardian have the inside line on Manchester United’s intentions, and report that the club have already calculated the cost of a proposed deal for Ronaldo, taking into account the transfer fee and his potential salary.
Manchester United would appear to believe it would take around £60 million to prise the 29-year-old from Madrid, while his wages would equate to around £380,000-per-week gross, a total of £79 million over a four year deal.
The club will have taken into consideration his age, with Ronaldo turning 30 in February, but his commercial appeal and his ability to sell shirts will ensure United are able to recoup much of their outlay over the duration of his proposed contract, while his talent shows no sign of diminishing.
Ronaldo had missed some of the early part of the season as he rested a long-standing knee complaint, but he has really hit his straps in recent performances. He has already found the net on 12 occasions this season, seven of which have come in his last two outings for Madrid.