Cristiano Ronaldo has released a statement stressing that he is only thinking about winning games and trophies with Real Madrid and is not worried about his contractual situation.
The message was published on Ronaldo’s official Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon as he returned to training with his club for the first time since his “sadness” comments in the aftermath of Real’s 3-0 win over Granada ten days ago.
“I would like to reaffirm, without being concerned about contracts, that my focus is solely on winning every game and every available trophy with the essential company of my team-mates and all madridistas,” the statement said.
Spanish newspaper AS reported on Wednesday afternoon that Ronaldo arrived two hours early at Madrid’s Valdebebas facility, and he spoke before training with Jose Mourinho.
According to AS, the club wanted the player to make some kind of public statement to dampen speculation that he was contemplating leaving, while Mourinho made it clear that he could not guarantee a pay-rise.
What is interesting though is that Real Madrid President Florentino Perez was not at Valdebebas to question Ronaldo directly about his current unhappiness. Apparently he had something more important to do, and that just baffles me, and it reinforces Ronaldo’s feelings that the club does not fully support him.
Ronaldo and Madrid are next in action away at Sevilla on Saturday evening in La Liga, and then face Manchester City in their first Champions League group game of the new season at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu next Tuesday.