The player-representative’s quotes may well come as bad news for Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, both of whom have been heavily linked with a move for Ronaldo.
“There are many stories and speculation every day,” Mendes began, speaking to Marca on Friday [as per Le 10 Sport], “but I believe that Cristiano Ronaldo will end his career at Real Madrid.
“He will still be here for many years.”
However, the Madrid daily—as per the French source—also revealed that Mendes met Nasser Al-Khelaifi on Tuesday evening during the meeting between Paris Saint-Germain and Real in the Champions League.
According to Le Parisien [via Sport], Ronaldo told PSG coach Laurent Blanc that he would love to work with him during the contest on Tuesday evening, which Real won 1-0.
The same source reports that Ronaldo has been eyeing a move away from the Bernabeu with a view to moving in the summer, and that PSG would be very keen to recruit the high-profile world-class operator.
However, they may face competition from Ronaldo’s former club United.
According to Spanish expert Guillem Balague, wring in a new biography of the player [as per the Manchester Evening News], has insisted that the attacker is desperate to return to Old Trafford before his career comes to an end.
“Cristiano Ronaldo still dreams of returning to Manchester United,” the Spanish football pundit writes. “The English club informed his agent in 2013 that they have enough financial power to secure his return.
“The club’s new manager at the time, David Moyes, believed that they were about to convince Ronaldo to come back that very summer.
“That was the message that United’s board transmitted to him. What ensued instead was a contract renewal for Ronaldo at Real Madrid that turned him into the best-paid player on the planet in September 2013.
“In summer 2014 he told a Real Madrid player who was about to leave Los Blancos that he saw himself at United in two years’ time.
“The feeling that Carrington was the ideal place to pave his path, Old Trafford to play his football and the Premier League to feel loved gradually developed in Ronaldo’s head.”
Balague’s assessment obviously stands at odds with Mendes’s recent comments, but both United and PSG will hope that the forward’s head can be turned away from the Bernabeu.