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Perez: Our future rests on Ronaldo

REAL MADRID president Florentino Perez claims Cristiano Ronaldo wants to commit his future to the club.

Ronaldo has previously hinted he plans to leave Madrid when his existing deal expires in 2015, and has been reluctant to enter into talks over new terms.

But Perez claimed the Portugal forward was ready to talk.

"I am going to be as clear as possible," he said. "My aim, Cristiano's aim, and the aim of all Real Madrid fans is that he carries on playing here for many years to come.

"And when so many people want the same thing then it usually turns out to be the case. I myself and Real Madrid both want that.

"The player, Cristiano Ronaldo wants that. Without a shadow of a doubt."

Furthermore, Perez dismissed the notion that Ronaldo could leave the Bernabeu this summer, regardless of his contract situation.

"He has two years left on his contract," he said. "Anyone would think he was leaving tomorrow. What we would like is for him to stay even longer.

"The future of our project revolves around him."


Juve stalled on Higuain transfer

Juventus have been told that they must wait until Real Madrid have appointed a new coach before they begin negotiations for striker Gonzalo Higuain.

Directors from both clubs met yesterday and are believed to have discussed the future destination of the Argentina international. Higuain revealed to the media after the last game of the season that he wished to leave the club, which he joined from River Plate in January 2007.

However, the Madrid hierarchy are against making any further decision without the approval of the new coach, with Carlo Ancelotti the current front runner.