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Cristiano Ronaldo makes demand to Real Madrid over new contract

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With Cristiano Ronaldo's contract due to expire in 2018 - let alone their impending transfer ban - Real Madrid are desperate to tie the Portuguese down to a new long-term contract.

The feeling is mutual, too, with the 31-year-old revealing earlier this year that he intends to play until he's 40 and eventually hang up his boots at the Bernabeu.

"I am going to retire at Real Madrid at more than 40 years of age," he told Spanish publication AS, per Sky Sports. "I am very happy here and I work hard to achieve that."

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And according to Guillem Balague, a new contract has already been agreed and just needs to be officially announced by Real and Ronaldo's representatives.

"Cristiano Ronaldo's contract is all done, all finalised," the Spaniard said recently. "They're just waiting for the right time to announce it.

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"It has been agreed for months. Nobody has come out with an exact number on how many years, but it's either two or three years."

However, as well informed as Balague might think he is, contract talks between Ronaldo and Los Blancos have reportedly stalled due to a demand of the Portuguese's.

The Mirror claim that Real have offered a four-year deal worth a staggering £18.5 million-per-year after tax, plus various lucrative add-ons.

But here's the problem: if Ronaldo is to put pen to paper, he wants a five-year contract that will keep him in the Spanish capital until 2021, not 2020.

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Real director Perez is currently unwilling to meet Ronaldo's demands and instead believes he only warrants a four-year extension, through a mixture of age, recent form and injury concerns.

What will ultimately convince those in power at the Bernabeu otherwise is if the Portugal international starts scoring again.

Since recovering from his Euro 2016 knee injury, Ronaldo has scored just four goals in eight games, two of which coming in five La Liga appearances.

By the winger's high standards, that's poor, and he must improve to earn a five-year deal.

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Zinedine Zidane remains confident Ronaldo will rediscover his goalscoring touch, though, after providing two assists during Tuesday's 5-1 over Legia Warszawa in the Champions League.

"Ronaldo played phenomenally, playing passes to everyone else," the Frenchman said.

"He didn't score today but we have a game in four days' time and I'm sure he'll have chances to score then."

It's been all good news otherwise for Real in recent weeks, with Luka Modric (2020), Casemiro (2021) and Toni Kroos (2022) all signing huge extensions.

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