The bizarre summer saga surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo took another unexpected turn this afternoon, as Florentino Perez, hours into his fifth term as Real Madrid president, took to the media to issue a strong show of support for his star player.
Expressing confusion over the recent rumours linking Ronaldo with an exit from the Spanish capital, Perez sought to quell those rumours instantly, insisting that he had no offers tabled for the Portuguese and making it clear he would not be leaving this summer.
Los Blancos are understandably keen to hold on to their talisman, of course, after the Portuguese spearheaded Real Madrid to become the first team to defend their Champions League crown with a brace over Juventus in the recently concluded final in Cardiff.
Perez was also quick to extend a personal show of support to Ronaldo, saying he would “always defend Ronaldo as a footballer and a person” and emphasising his belief that the whole tax fraud allegation was the result of “a confusion which is sure to be cleared up eventually”.
While no decision with regards to his future will be made in the midst of trying to win the Confederations cup in Russia in a bid to make it back to back championships with the national team, the mood has undeniable swung for the better in Ronaldo’s camp.
The four time Champions League winner had earlier reportedly made his displeasure known about receiving little to no support from the club hierarchy in the ongoing tax fraud saga, leading tabloids to moot an exit from Spain over the last few weeks.
It now remains to be seen if this new development placates Ronaldo and convinces him to stay put at the Bernabeu for now.
Written by Naren Madan
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