Good news, Real Madrid fans. That Mundo Deportivo report suggesting Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed a deal with Paris Saint-Germain is untrue.
And the source of this update? The player’s mother, of course.
Dolores Aveiro has confirmed that her son wants to see out his career at the Santiago Bernabeu despite frequent reports linking Ronaldo with a move elsewhere.
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Aveiro has cashed-in handsomely in her son’s fame and has even released a biography, titled ‘Mother Courage’. She launched the book on Wednesday and was peppered with questions relating to Ronaldo’s injury and future.
It would appear now that any rumours linking the Madrid star with a summer move can be put to bed. Ronaldo’s contract expires in 2018 and, if Mama Ronaldo is to be believed, he will do everything he can to warrant an extension.
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Aveiro told reporters at the launch, per Marca: “He is very happy in Madrid and wants to finish his career there.”
That adds a hint of doubt to Mundo Deportivo’s report on Tuesday that Ronaldo “has given his word” that he will join PSG if he is unable to negotiate a new deal at Madrid.
If the 31-year-old wants to stay in Spain, he certainly wouldn’t be striking deals with other clubs.
The three-time Ballon d’Or winner missed the 0-0 draw against Manchester City owing to a thigh problem and had hoped to play in next week’s return leg.
Aveiro provided an update by saying: “Right now it is at 80 per cent, but I hope that next week it is at 100 per cent.”
But Ronaldo’s availability remains in the balance after he underwent tests today. Spanish radio state COPE gave an ominous update by claiming that he needs stem cell treatment to repair torn fibres in his hamstring.
That’s worrying news for a Madrid side that was toothless at the Etihad Stadium in Ronaldo’s absence. The Portuguese star has scored 47 goals this season and without him, Zinedine Zidane’s team looked incapable of finding the net.
Ronaldo's conversation with Hargreaves
Owen Hargreaves gave an update on his former Manchester United teammate’s condition on BT Sport after the two spoke.
“I think he was quite upset at the fact he wasn’t able to play,” Hargreaves revealed. “He said it was just a muscle problem but if it was a final, he probably would have played. But there’s just no risk in the terms of the games coming up he didn’t want to risk it.”
Los Blancos take on Real Sociedad in La Liga on Saturday and it’s almost certain that Ronaldo won’t be risked, despite the need for Madrid to keep winning if they are to overtake Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.