Reports in Spain say Real Madrid are ready to offer Cristiano Ronaldo a new deal to see out his career at the club.
Just over a week ago Ronaldo set alarm bells ringing in the Spanish capital by claiming that he was 'sad' at the Santiago Bernabéu, and that the club knew why. But sports daily Marca have today reported that President Florentino Pérez will move to end speculation surrounding the Portuguese superstar's future by tying him down to a new, improved contract.
The new deal would apparently see Ronaldo offered a significant wage increase, with some sources claiming his salary could rise to €16 million per season. The club would also provide a commitment to back the 27-year-old's candidature for big individual awards such as the Ballon d'Or, an issue which is believed to be at the heart of the player's discontent.
The story comes a day after ABC claimed that Ronaldo threatened to leave the club on the final day of the summer transfer window and maintained he knew of an offer from an unnamed club – possibly Paris Saint-Germain or Russia's Anzhi Makhachkala – of €95m for him, the same price Madrid paid to secure his services from Manchester United three years ago.
The former Sporting Lisbon winger, whose existing deal expires in 2015, is currently on international duty with Portugal.