Ever since Cristiano Ronaldo was implicated in tax fraud, rumors have been doing the round of his leaving Real Madrid and joining the Premier League.
After a recent court hearing, Ronaldo said, “I never had a problem in England… that’s why I would like to go back to England.”
This candid admission fueled rumor mills which claimed that Cristiano is on his way out of the Los Blacos. Zindedine Zidane was asked whether Ronaldo was really on his way out of Real Madrid at a pre-match press conference.
Is Cristiano Ronaldo really leaving Real Madrid
“I don’t want to consider a team without Ronaldo. This is his club, his team, his city,” Zindedine Zidane firmly replied when asked about the possibility of Ronaldo’s departure from Real Madrid. He further added that, “[Ronaldo] is delighted with everything he has here. No doubts.”
When asked about the possibility of Ronaldo getting a new deal, Zidane replied, “I don’t talk about money here. This is an issue for Cristiano and the club, not for me.”
Ronaldo is currently earning £365,000-a-week, a figure that has been eclipsed by Neymar – now football’s biggest earner – while Barcelona have offered Lionel Messi a deal that also exceeds how much Ronaldo is earning.
The 32-year-old is thought to want parity with the South American duo, though Real president Florentino Perez is reluctant to give him another new deal after only penning an extension in November last year.
But Ronaldo has the support of his teammates, with captain Sergio Ramos backing his demands to be handed another pay rise.
Speaking after Thursday’s Champions League draw, he said: ‘The best players in the world should be the best paid, but that is not up to us. At Madrid we are used to rumours, but Cristiano looks happy to me, the same as the rest of the squad.’