Cristiano Ronaldo's future at Real Madrid has come under intense speculation this season with a number of sources alleging he will leave at the end of the season.
Relations between the three-time Ballon d'Or winner and club president Florentino Perez have always been strained and, having reached the milestone age of 30, is believed to be up for sale.
As a stalwart of the game, Real Madrid could still bank around £60million from his transfer and Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United are two clubs reportedly willing to pay the price to sign him.
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However, not for the first time, Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes, has denied that he is set to leave the Bernabeu in the near future, instead insisting he will spend many more years in the Spanish capital.
The self-made superagent believes that the Portuguese has five, six or even seven years left to enjoy the privilege of playing for Los Blancos and doesn't see Ronaldo retiring for at least another decade.
"He is the best player of all time and I am sure he will play for the next four, five, six, seven years at Real Madrid," Mendes told Sky Sports in Italy.
"He will end his career there. He is happy at Los Blancos, he'll hang up his boots when he is 40."
If true, that would, of course, mean that even Mendes believes Ronaldo will play for another club at some point in his career. As one of the world's foremost football clubs, the La Liga outfit are unlikely to accommodate their all-time top goalscorer as he withers into old age.
But the real question is how long they will allow him to stay. Indeed, Real Madrid have had to fund their transfer ambitions with high profile sales in previous summers and, as an ageing star, Ronaldo seems prime for the chop in the near future.
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