Real Madrid defender Pepe has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo will sign a new contract with the club.

Speculation has been mounting that the Portuguese forward would leave Santiago Bernabeu in the near future.

But his countryman and teammate has insisted that he will renew his deal with Los Blancos.

“Cristiano is happy at Real Madrid,” he told RTP. “He is concentrating fully on helping the team and I'm sure he will renew.”

The 29-year-old centre-back was not so sure about Coach Jose Mourinho however, and also commented on the 16-point gap between them and Barcelona.

“I do not know what the Coach will do,” he said. “There are never certainties.

“Only the Coach knows what his future holds, but I hope he stays, because we need him.

“Barcelona are not better than they were last season, we've just got worse.”

Tags mourinho Pepe Ronaldo