Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he doesn’t know whether he will stay at Real Madrid when his current contract expires.
In an interview with Marca, the Portuguese star revealed he wants to play until his contract run out in 2018.
What follows after that, Ronaldo isn’t sure.
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Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United have both been linked with the 31-year-old and, though he thinks La Liga is the best league in the world, he admitted his career may not end in Spain.
He said: “I have been in Spain six years. I was also at Manchester Untied for six years and that was a great experience, a great championship, but for me this is the best league in the world. It’s a privilege to be here.
“I want to be here for a couple more years and then we’ll see. That’s the duration of my contract and I want to give my all in that time.”
Ronaldo has repeatedly expressed his displeasure at Madrid, including being upset that Welshman Gareth Bale was signed for a bigger fee from Tottenham than he was from United.
He’s also failed to hide his disappointment when team-mates steal his goals, while the winger received bad publicity after kicking out at opposing players in consecutive games last month.
But confirmation from Ronaldo that he intends to fulfil the entire terms of his contract is good news for Madrid.
Return to United
PSG and United have the funds required to sign the former Ballon d’Or winner but they might not have to pay a penny if Madrid fail to agree a contract extension with the player, whom they signed from United in 2009 for a then-record fee of £80 million.
Ronaldo will be 33-year-old when his contract expires but it’s impossible to say for certain that age will have caught up with him by then. The former Sporting Lisbon man keeps himself in superb shape and his importance to Madrid over the years cannot be understated.
Despite Ronaldo’s efforts - he has scored 30 goals this season in 29 games - Zinedine Zidane’s team are third in La Liga, four points behind leaders Barcelona.