Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has insisted that Real Madrid cannot find a buyer for Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
In a Q&A session for Sky Sports, Balague has suggested that the Real hierarchy will look to renew the former Manchester United player's contract if he stays beyond this summer's transfer window.
It appears, then, that Real initially planned to sell their talisman, but it appears that a lack of suitors will keep him on at the club.
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Ronaldo may well be recognised as one of the world's leading players, but at 31-years-old he's approaching the final years of his career.
It'e certainly understandable that Europe's biggest clubs could be put off by a huge price tag, but surely he would still represent a major coup for any side in world football.
According to Balague, though, it's becoming increasingly likely that Ronaldo will stay on at the Bernabeu for the foreseeable future.
The Spanish football expert stated: "The plan is to build a stronger side for next season - and the plans have changed from earlier on this season because they cannot find a team to buy Cristiano Ronaldo, which means if Ronaldo stays, they will have to renew his contract."
Balague has also insisted that despite Keylor Navas' heroics in the Real Madrid goal this season, the club could still make a move for Manchester United shot-stopper David de Gea in the summer.
Real were on the brink of landing the Spain international at the start of the season, but the deal failed to materialise in time.
Balague continued by saying: "Keylor Navas has been one of the heroes for Real but earlier this season, the plan was to go back for De Gea - especially if Manchester United don't finish in the top four."
City return leg
Real's focus, of course, will be on next week's Champions League semi-final return leg against Manchester City.
Without Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane's side secured a draw at the Etihad on Tuesday night but failed to score that all important away goal. Things should be different at the Bernabeu, however, and there's no reason why Ronaldo won't be able to inspire the club to glory once again.
It was clear for all to see that Real missed a spark in Manchester, but Ronaldo should be fired up for next week's fixture. City, of course, will be well aware of that and must do everything to stop him or face elimination.
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