Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane will make efforts to convince Cristiano Ronaldo to stay at the Bernabeu after the Ballon D’Or holder requested to leave this summer, according to reports from Spain.
Sources at Sky Sports confirmed on Friday that the 32-year-old, amid allegations of tax fraud, no longer wanted to play in Spain after eight campaigns with Los Blancos.
It was recently revealed that Madrid, in response, had placed a £174.5m price tag on the Portuguese’s signature – almost twice the amount shelled out for the world record transfer of Paul Pogba last season.
And Spanish outlet Marca have claimed that Zidane, soon after hearing the news, personally called Ronaldo in an attempt to understand the reasons behind his sudden desire to leave.
Captain Sergio Ramos, who entertained the idea of leaving the Bernabeu not so long ago, has also called the 32-year-old – kind of like an overly clingy partner, I imagine – in a bid to change his mind.
There is a part of me unable to shake the idea that this entire saga, cleverly engineered by Ronaldo and Jorges Mendes, revolves around a desire for improved terms on his current contract. This is, in fact, exactly what Ramos did.
But we can be sure that, if Ronaldo really does want to leave, Zidane won’t keep him at the Bernabeu against his will.