Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has told reporters ahead of their Champions League last 16 second-leg clash against Roma, that he expects Cristiano Ronaldo to remain at the club this summer.
The Manchester Evening News claims that the former French World Cup winner is confident the Portuguese superstar will be at his disposal next season, despite claims from certain sections of the Spanish media that a return to former club Manchester United is imminent.
Only a week ago, supporters turned on their star player after a 1-0 home defeat by city rivals Atletico all but ended their hopes of wrestling the La Liga title back from Barcelona. Ronaldo and skipper Sergio Ramos were thought to be furious and were reported to have both handed in transfer requests.
At his pre-match press conference on Monday, Zidane was asked about the 31-year-old’s rumoured departure, to which he replied; “I’d say no (he won’t leave). I’m the coach and I want him on the team. The whistles have always existed, they whistled me, they’ve whistled many other players. Sometimes the whistles can motivate you, after all the fans basically just want the players to do well. I always see a full stadium, so they can’t be as disappointed as people say.”