Cristiano Ronaldo has already 'softened' his stance on leaving Real Madrid - report
Cristiano Ronaldo may already be wavering in his determination to leave Real Madrid this summer, according to the latest report emerging from Spain.
Real Madrid President Florentino Perez appeared to confirm the reports that Ronaldo had asked to leave his club in an interview on Monday, with the Portuguese superstar believed to furious after he was accused of defrauding the Spanish state of €14.7m in taxes.
Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain were quickly linked with lavish bids to sign Ronaldo, with Perez confirming he would speak to the player in an attempt to resolve the situation as he offered a strong public defence of the player’s integrity.
"I know Cristiano, he's a good guy as a professional and as a person," stated Perez in his interview with Marca and Onda Cero on Monday. "This is very strange and in the next few days I'll talk to him.
"I have to make a defence at all costs as a player and as a person. know well. What I will say is that all must fulfil our obligations, but I have no doubt in Cristiano. I will defend it as a footballer and as a person.
"Jorge Mendes (Ronaldo's agent) told me that Cristiano was angry about how he had treated the media, but we must always look for a solution for everything.
"I try to solve the problems, those of Cristiano and those of many others. Cristiano is not a business, it is history of Real Madrid."
They were strong words of support for Ronaldo from Perez and now Spanish newspaper AS are suggesting the intervention has led to a softening of the player’s stance on leaving Real Madrid.
Their report suggesting this story will predictably end with Ronaldo resolving his tax problems in Spain and staying with the club he has guided to back-to-back Champions League titles over the last two seasons.
While Real Madrid may be reluctant to hand Ronaldo a new contract after he signed a fresh deal only last November, this may be the first sign that his desire to quit Spanish football this summer is not set in stone.
Few would surprised is this turn of events ends rumours of Ronaldo making a return to Manchester United, with the Old Trafford club already keen to distance themselves from rumours of a bid in excess of €100m for their 32-year-old former star.