Jorge Mendes: Ronaldo will be ‘eternally grateful’ to Real Madrid if he leaves
RANKED Mendes has refused to confirm whether Ronaldo has decided to leave Real Madrid or not LATEST While Ronaldo’s Madrid future remains in the air, the LaLiga powerhouses have continued their preparations for next season with the signing of Spain defender Alvaro Odriozola from Real Sociedad.The 22-year-old right-back will put pen-to-paper on a six-year contract with Madrid, subject to a medical, the club announced on Thursday.Reports in Spain say Madrid have paid in the region of 35 million euros (£31m) for Odriozola, who becomes the club’s first new signing since Julen Lopetegui replaced Zinedine Zidane as head coach.Lopetegui included Odriozola in his Spain squad for this summer’s World Cup, but the San Sebastian-born full-back did not feature in any of the team’s four matches as they were knocked out at the last-16 stage.Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the tournament after accepting the Madrid job, with Fernando Hierro taking charge. 2 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets LIVING THE DREAM IN DEMAND Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ moving on Speculation surrounding the five-time Ballon d’Or winners’ future has been mounting recently Latest Transfer News Former Juventus director general Luciano Moggi went one step further on Thursday and said the transfer has already been completed.Mendes refused to confirm whether or not Ronaldo has decided to leave the Bernabeu, but said it would be a “new challenge” if the Portugal superstar did move on.He told Portuguese newspaper Record: “If this happens it will simply be a new stage, a new challenge in his brilliant career.“If Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid, he will be eternally grateful to the club, the president, all the directors, the medical staff, all the staff without exception, as well as all the Madrid fans around the world.”Ronaldo has regularly been linked with a move away from Madrid, but speculation has intensified in the wake of comments he made after the team’s Champions League final win over Liverpool in May.Speaking to beIN Sports, Ronaldo said immediately following the 3-1 victory in Kiev: “In the coming days there will be an answer about my future for the fans, who have always been by my side. It has been very nice playing for Real Madrid.” targets 2 Despite suggesting he would reveal more soon, the 33-year-old, who has been on World Cup duty with Portugal, has not publicly commented on his future since that match.However, the last couple of days has seen increased media reports of an impending divorce between Madrid and their all-time record goalscorer, who joined the Spanish giants in a then-world record £80million move from Manchester United in 2009.Various clubs had been linked with Ronaldo, but Juve have seemingly emerged as front-runners in a deal which could see the Italian champions splash out £88m on the five-time Ballon d’Or award winner.That would smash Juve’s existing record transfer record, which was the £75m they spent to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli in 2016. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father REVEALED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Cristiano Ronaldo will be “eternally grateful” to Real Madrid if he decides to call time on his nine-year stay with the European champions, his agent Jorge Mendes has said.Ronaldo is being heavily linked with a sensational 100million euros switch to Juventus, with speculation in Spain and Italy that an agreement between the clubs could be struck soon.