Perez seeks Ronaldo contract extension
El Economista has revealed that Real Madrid President, Florentino Perez, is in negotiations to extend Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract at the club.
The Portuguese striker, whose current agreement ends in 2015, will be offered a substantial increase in salary after the President personally intervened in discussions and news of any deal could even be announced before the end of this season. Ronaldo has already expressed a desire to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu in various interviews over the last few months, at least for now, and has been impressed with Real’s ambition of wresting the La Liga title from Barcelona and also the chance of a first Champions League final in 10 years.
Perez is understood to have acted after becoming alarmed when Ronaldo was criticised for his performance in a game against Barcelona earlier in the campaign, despite since going on to amass an incredible 40 league goals, and it is believed director of football Zinedine Zidane has also had several chats with the former Manchester United player.
While the club’s hierarchy have made it clear it is imperative boss José Mourinho remains with Los Blancos, it has also been pointed out to Ronaldo that in light of Mourinho’s possible departure the preference would be to retain the striker and not the Coach.
In addition, Ronaldo would see his earnings increase from €12m-a-year to around €16m - making him by far the highest-paid member of the squad - if he puts his name to a contract until 2017, by which time he will be 32-years-of-age.