Cristiano Ronaldo finally appears to be happy at Real Madrid. They have a manager he loves in Zinedine Zidane and a team capable of winning the Champions League. Jiminy Cricket, he is even getting on with Gareth Bale.
So now would seem the perfect time to discuss his future. Gone are the rumours of him meeting Paris Saint-Germain officials in Qatar to discuss potential transfers. Over are the days when he whispered sweet nothings into Laurent Blanc's ear in front of the cameras. He is a Madrista and forever he shall be.
According to El Confidencial, questions over his future are expected to end once and for all in the coming weeks with the 31-year-old set to sit down with club president Florentino Perez to thrash out the last contract he will ever sign.
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Jorge Mendes, who found himself with nothing to do after months of talks between Manchester United and Jose Mourinho came to an end, flew to Madrid in an effort to earn himself another hefty commission.
The Portuguese super agent apparently thrashed out a huge contract worth €20million-a-year after tax. That is the same as what he earns now but Real Madrid believe he will be worth just as much even when he is 35-years-old.
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Yes, this deal will take him to 2020, when Ronaldo could be way past his prime and seriously considering retirement. Indeed, the same report claims this new deal is designed to make sure he finishes his career at the Bernabeu.
Rodriguez up for sale
The same cannot be said for Ronaldo's team-mate James Rodriguez, however. Also represented by Mendes, the future of the Colombian was second on the agenda during this meeting of destinies and the outcome could not have been more different.
Instead of Perez offering Rodriguez a chance at redemption, he apparently confirmed to Mendes that he is not wanted and told Mendes to offer his services to clubs across Europe. The asking price is set at €80m, which will be enough to make sure Real Madrid lose nothing on their original investment.
Few clubs can afford such an outlay, however, and Real Madrid may struggle to drum up interest if they do not lower their asking price.
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