Cristiano Ronaldo has confirmed via Twitter that any suggestions that he was ready to sign a contract renewal at Real Madrid are false:
All the news about my renewal with Real Madrid are false.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) June 13, 2013
Ronaldo, 28, had been expected to sign a contract extension at the club he joined in 2009 after leaving Manchester United for £80m. He has previously used the social media platform to quash rumours in his personal life and has now added further fuel to the speculation regarding his future in Spain.
The Portuguese striker has been rumoured with various moves to European clubs, with Manchester United leading a list that also includes AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain.
It is always easy to over-analyse simple comments like this, but perhaps the timing of this statement is telling. He has effectively confirmed to any clubs who may be interested that he isn’t set to sign a new contract with Madrid.
Club president Floretino Perez had described Ronaldo as ‘priceless’ and had claimed that he was on the verge of signing a new contract over the past few months. Ronaldo has been notably unhappy in recent times at Madrid, but Perez had claimed that he would make both parties ‘happy’ again.
However, with uncertainty over who the new manager will be in Madrid and the lingering period of being unsettled for Ronaldo, he may well have plans on an exit.
If anything does come out of this, it will take a vast amount of money for any club to get their hands on the 2008 World Player of the Year. However, we all know there are clubs out there with the ability to do so. One thing is for sure: Ronaldo’s future in Madrid is even more uncertain than first presumed.