Jorge Mendes, the agent of Cristiano Ronaldo, has reaffirmed his belief that the Real Madrid icon will remain at the Santiago Bernabeu for the rest of his glittering career.
Ronaldo achieved his ambition of winning the Champions League with Real Madrid in May and is the clear favourite to finish a superb 2014 by clinching a second successive Ballon d'Or triumph.
The Portugal captain had been linked with a return to Manchester United, speculation given more legs by the close ties Mendes has to the Old Trafford hierarchy, but it would appear Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward have had any slim hopes of a Ronaldo deal extinguished.
"I got to know him when he was 15 years old, from then until now we've spoken together on most days. When I’m in Madrid we always meet up, our relationship is more like a friendship," Mendes said.
"I believe that Cristiano will finish his career at Real Madrid. He’s happy at the club and is still keen to achieve more success in Madrid."
Ronaldo is under contract with Real Madrid until 2017 but has already expressed a desire to extend his stay with the club, even if he had previously offered hope to Manchester United fans regarding a potential return.
The 29-year-old has been in quite remarkable form this season; scoring 34 goals in all competitions for club and country, including four hat-tricks.