Wednesday 26 July 2017

Zinedine Zidane and Sergio Ramos call Cristiano Ronaldo to plead with Portuguese star to stay at Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo (R) of Real Madrid shakes hands with head coach Zinedine Zidane (L) as he is substituted during the FIFA Club World Cup final match between Real Madrid and Kashima Antlers at International Stadium Yokohama on December 18, 2016 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
Cristiano Ronaldo (R) of Real Madrid shakes hands with head coach Zinedine Zidane (L) as he is substituted during the FIFA Club World Cup final match between Real Madrid and Kashima Antlers at International Stadium Yokohama on December 18, 2016 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and club captain Sergio Ramos have both reportedly reached out to Cristiano Ronaldo amid rumours that the Portuguese international is looking for a move away from the European champions.

Ronaldo reportedly told his Portuguese colleagues yesterday that he has made a decision to leave Real and that there is no turning back.

The reigning Ballon d'Or winner is understood to be furious over a Spanish tax probe into his off shore accounts, with Ronaldo alleged to have defrauded the authorities of 14.7 million euros in tax through offshore companies.

Ronaldo has reportedly vowed to leave Madrid and Spain as a consequence of the probe, but according to Spanish publication Marca, Zidane and Ramos have both called the 32-year-old in a bid to convince him to stay at the Bernabéu.

Zidane reportedly told Ronaldo that 'this current Real Madrid team could go on to win plenty more and that they needed him for his goals, but also his winning mentality'.

It is understood that Zidane will keep contact with Ronaldo throughout the summer in a bid to keep the wantaway star in Madrid, with Ramos, who was at one stage looking for a move away from the club two seasons ago, also reportedly reaching out to convince Real's all-time leading scorer to remain in Madrid.

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